Jon Pareles

Jon Pareles has been the chief popular music critic at The New York Times since 1988.

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In those years, Mr. Pareles has watched Adele rehearse for a world tour, visited U2 recording sessions in Dublin, talked with Justin Bieber about how to make a hit, shopped for bling with Pharrell, partied all night with Bjork in Iceland, interviewed James Brown on prison work release, attended a private trance ceremony in Morocco, paraded in carnival costume in Rio de Janeiro, spent an evening at Radiohead’s favorite pub and been personally denounced from the stage of Madison Square Garden by Axl Rose at Guns’ N’ Roses concerts. Twice.