Bill Barol


Santa Monica, CA

Bill Barol

I've written for The New
Yorker, The New York
Times, Boing Boing,
Fast Company, Forbes,
Time, Newsweek,
and many others.


The Other Beach Boys

Why haven't the Beach Boys gotten their due? I mean the other ones.

The trippy world of Juan Garcia Esquivel

Esquivel heard sounds in his head the rest of us can only imagine.

Warren Zevon's sad, sweet final album.

It's a lovely sending-off, with forgiveness and an open heart.

The Overstuffed World of AIP

"I suppose time can dignify anything," Arkoff told the Los Angeles Times in 1982.

Music for TV Dinners

if one criterion for pop greatness is memorability, this may be the most influential pop ever written.

The beguiling realness of real-estate TV

If you press your ear right up to the television, you can actually hear the Fishers' dreams begin to die.


Bill Barol

Bill Barol is the author of THANKS FOR KILLING ME (Minty Goodness Press, 2011) and MR. IRRESPONSIBLE'S BAD ADVICE (Volt Press, 2005). He’s a former Senior Writer at Newsweek, where he authored cover stories on David Letterman, Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Wyeth, and The End of the Eighties, as well as dozens of inside stories on pop culture, entertainment and the arts. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Slate, The Boston Globe, Fast Company, Fortune Small Business, Washington Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, American Heritage and TV Guide, at Boing Boing, Huffington Post and, and on PBS. He's also been a writer/producer on television comedies including "Anything But Love," "Cafe Americain" and "Townies." He lives in Santa Monica, CA.