Carol Cooper is a New York-based journalist and cultural critic who has been reviewing music, books, film, and live performance for over twenty years. Her work has appeared in national and international publications including Actuel (Paris), The Face (London), Latin New York, The Village Voice, Essence, Elle, New York Newsday, and The New York Times. Her essays have also been anthologized in following collections: Rock She Wrote, The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock, Brooklyn, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Essays in Honor of Robert Christgau and Rolling Stone Press: The '70s. Her own collection of music, film, book, and nightlife essays Pop Culture Considered as an Uphhill Bicycle Race is available internationally from Amazon.com. Ms. Cooper has also done short tours of executive duty in the music industry, serving as East Coast Director of Black Music Artists and Repertoire for A&M Records in the mid-'80s, and National Director of Black Music Artists and Repertoire for Columbia Records before serving a year as VP of Bilingual Crossover Music for RMM/Sony Latino in the early 1990s.
Carol is currently an Associate Member of the writers’ advocacy organization PEN America working at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, to teach an English enrichment program in discursive and expository writing. There, she co-founded with a senior high school student the school’s first digital newspaper, the MSCM Rampage which has been nominated for three and won two “Newsie Awards,” a citywide high school journalism program co-sponsored by Baruch College and the New York Daily News.