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Michelle Mercer


About the Author

Michelle Mercer is a New York Times bestselling author and a veteran music commentator for National Public Radio. Michelle is the author of Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter (Penguin), Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell’s Blue Period (Simon & Schuster), and the ghostwriter of other titles. She’s the first woman to be a featured Hot Box critic for DownBeat magazine, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice, among many other publications. Michelle has won fellowships and residencies around the world, and has presented and reported on art, music, and culture in 20 countries. 

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