Mercantile Library: 60 Songs That Explain the 90s: Rob Harvilla in Conversation with Jay Stowe


Author Rob Harvilla joins us to talk about his book, 60 SONGS THAT EXPLAIN THE ’90s. Companion to the podcast of the same title, 60 SONGS takes readers through the greatest hits that define a weirdly undefinable decade. Joining Rob in conversation will be Jay Stowe, journalist, former editor at SPIN, Cincinnati Magazine, and good friend of the Mercantile Library. In 60 SONGS THAT EXPLAIN THE ’90s, Ringer music critic Rob Harvilla reimagines all the earwormy, iconic hits Gen Xers pine for with vivid historical storytelling, sharp critical analysis, rampant loopiness, and wryly personal ruminations on the most bizarre, joyous, and inescapable songs from a decade we both regret entirely and miss desperately. Named A Best Music Book of 2023 By Pitchfork, Variety, And Rolling Stone. 6 pm doors/6:30 pm program Free & open to the public. Registration required. Copies of the book will be available for sale & signing courtesy of Joseph-Beth Cincinnati. About Rob Harvilla Rob Harvilla is the host of the podcast 60 Songs That Explain the ’90s and a senior staff writer at The Ringer; he’s been a professional rock critic for 20-plus years with stops at the Village Voice, SPIN, Deadspin, and various other alt-weeklies that generally no longer exist. (Not his fault.) He lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio, by choice.

When & Where

April 26, 2024 (6:00 pm) – April 26, 2024 (9:00 pm)