Former Rock Critic Finds Her Own Tune

Joan Anderman once had what a lot of other rock-obsessed baby boomers would consider a dream job. As a popular music and culture writer for The Boston Globe from 1998 to 2010, her duties included reviewing records and concerts, and interviewing music icons such as Annie Lennox and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.

Nevertheless, in 2010, Anderman walked away from The Globe and started on a multifaceted second act. She created a website,, where she plays both reporter and essayist and focuses on the subject of creativity and its relationship to aging -- that is, what happens to artists and their work over time, and how older people explore new artistic avenues. She's continued to interview performers in midlife, ranging from singer Rickie Lee Jones and guitarist-songwriter Richard Thompson to actress Janeane Garofalo and rapper Chuck D.

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