A year after leaving his post as nationally renowned music critic at Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot is set to help launch an ambitious new multimedia startup billed as “a new way to experience music”.
Kot will serve as Editorial Director of The Coda Collection, which will debut on February 18 with a channel on Amazon prime with rare concerts, musical documentaries and film premieres. (Here is the link.)
In his new role, Kot will oversee all editorial content across the channel’s desktop and mobile sites. It will call on eminent musical writers, critics and cultural commentators to provide “a more in-depth context on the artists, the music and the performances”, according to Variety, who broke the news. It will include stories, video interviews, original podcasts, and curated playlists.
“The Coda collection will not only be a platform for great music videos, but also for great music writing,” Kot told me on Wednesday. “I am thrilled to be part of a company that makes this possible.
Company executives include Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, and Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix. The two co-founded the company with CEO Jim Spinello. Sony Music Entertainment is a capital partner.
Amazon Prime members will have access to 150 titles in The Coda Collection for $ 4.99 per month, with a seven-day free trial. The content will be updated regularly.
In February 2020, Kot bought the Tribune after 40 years. At the time, he was the most prominent figure to leave the paper as part of a voluntary buyout plan. Many others have since followed.
A native of Syracuse, New York, and a graduate of Marquette University, Kot worked for the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa, before joining the Tribune as editor in 1980. Ten years later he was promoted to music critic.
He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including I’ll take you there: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the music that shaped the civil rights era; Ripped: how the wired generation revolutionized music and Wilco: Learn to die.
Kot continues to co-host “Healthy opinions”, the nationally broadcast rock ‘n’ roll talk show, starring Jim DeRogatis.
Wednesday’s commentary: Mike Leiderman: There is no one better at the job – or a better person – than Jeff Nuich. I’ve known him since the day he came to SportsChannel and its derivatives, Fox SportsNet, Comcast SportsNet, and NBC Sports Chicago. What is going on there? NBCSC must have some kind of death wish. Meanwhile, there should be a range of companies for Jeff’s services, if he is to go down that route. He improves every place and everyone around him.