Nik Cohn

Music Critic
Born 1946

Nik Cohn is a British rock journalist, born in London in 1946. He was brought up in Derry, in the North of Ireland, the son of historian Norman Cohn and Russian writer Vera Broido. An incomer to the tight knit Irish town, he spent most of his time at the local record shop and the walk there, from his home on campus at Magee University, inspired one of his earliest stories, 'Delinquent in Derry'. He left the city to attend school in Newcastle in England.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born in 1946.


1969 23 Years Old Cohn is considered by some critics to be a father of rock criticism, thanks to his time on The Observers early rock column entitled The Brief and his first major book Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, first published in 1969. … Read More


1976 30 Years Old He wrote the 1976 New York Magazine article "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night", which was the source material for the movie Saturday Night Fever.


1996 50 Years Old In 1996, Cohn revealed the article to have been a complete fabrication, based only on clubgoers he knew from his native England. … Read More
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