Stephen Thomas Erlewine (; born June 18, 1973) is an American music critic and senior editor for the online music database
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. He is the author of many artist biographies and record reviews for AllMusic, as well as a freelance writer, occasionally contributing
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. Erlewine was born in
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
, and is a nephew of the former musician and AllMusic founder
Michael Erlewine John Michael Erlewine (; born July 18, 1941) is an American musician, astrologer, photographer, TV host, publisher and Internet entrepreneur who founded the music online database site AllMusic AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide ...
. He studied at the
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University of Michigan
, where he majored in English, and was a music editor (1993–94) and then arts editor (1994–1995) of the school's paper ''
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'', and DJ'd at the campus radio station, WCBN. He has contributed to a number of books, including ''All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul'' and ''All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-Hop''.


External links

Erlewine's page
at Pitchfork.com
to ''
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