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Sophie Rosemont

Journaliste • France

Since early childhood, Sophie Rosemont has hoped to be able to (more or less) make a living from that which interests her the most: reading, writing, listening, and observing. Whilst supporting herself with jobs as disparate as a cloakroom hostess in a nightclub to selling scarves, she devoted a long time to studying literature and semiotics at the Sorbonne Paris-IV university. There she studied Arthur Rimbaud, Elie Wiesel, and representations of the mafia in American cinema of the 80s. After specialising at the French Press Institute and ESCP-EAP, she decided to devote herself to cultural journalism, both in the written press and on the radio.

At the end of the 2000s, Michka Assayas gave her the opportunity to write for Le Nouveau Dictionnaire du Rock, thus beginning a long series of collaborations. As a columnist for France Culture, Sophie now writes for Rolling Stone, Les Inrockuptibles, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. She holds teaching dear, working at the French branch of Columbia University and at the School of Journalism in Paris. On top of that, she programmes literary and musical events.

She also has two books to her credit. Published in 2019, Girls Rock retraces the star-crossed fates of female rock stars who have become mythical figures in music, with the aim of telling the great tales of these powerful, often underestimated  women. Black Power: The Advent of Black American Pop Culture (2020) tells the story of how, since the 1950s, music, visual arts, cinema and literature have nurtured and encouraged Black empowerment.

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