Ryan Pinkard is the author of a new 33 1/3 book on The National’s Boxer. The album turned 15 yesterday, so Ryan felt like it was an opportune time to reflect on its making. Ryan is a writer, editor, and record collector, with previous stints at TIDAL and TuneIn. He’s currently working on editing Bloomsbury’s new series on genres, which kicks off in October.
How did you get to where you are today, professionally?
Long before I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was always really into music. By the time I discovered indie rock in high school, it became my entire identity. Looking back, it was probably my near-religious habit of reading Rolling Stone and Pitchfork that planted the seeds for my future career writing about music.
While earning my Journalism degree at the University of Colorado, I completed multiple unpaid internships at various publications, but with print media imploding in front of my eyes, I had some reasonable doubts that I would ever find a real job as a journalist.