Death of a syndicated music critic, 91

Remember when the best music critics were syndicated, coast to coast?

Nat Hentoff was.

He wrote mostly about jazz and famously about civil liberties and human rights.

He had a 1940s radio show called From Bach to Bartok.

Nat died yesterday at home in Manhattan.


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  • RIP. He was a terrific critic and also a fine writer of young adult fiction (e.g. “The Day They Came to Arrest the Book” among several others).

  • Nat Hentoff was one of the best, most fair-minded critics in an era of great contention concerning “America’s Music”. He was also one a small group of wonderful, independent-minded American journalists who were always able to rise above ideology. These would include Jack Newfield and Murray Kempton and, at least in older age when his Stalinist blinkers had finally come off, I.F. Stone.

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