Friend of the Library Speaker Sseries Will Feature Rebecca Wallwork Feb. 13


Rebecca Wallwork

The Key West Friends of the Library welcomes Rebecca Wallwork as speaker on Mon., Feb. 13, as part of their lecture series at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. The talks begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first serve basis.

Rebecca Wallwork is a writer, editor, and content director from Miami Beach. She is currently a writer in residence at the Studios of Key West.

Wallwork specializes in digital content for travel brands but has a long history in magazine work. She began as an intern at Interview magazine, where she later became the music editor. She has written about entertainment and lifestyle for Rolling Stone, The New York Post, SUNDAY magazine, Madison magazine, and Men’s Style Australia.

In the name of journalism, she has been inside the New York Jets locker room and backstage at the Westminster dog show. She attended Donald Trump’s wedding, the porn-industry awards, and reality-TV school. In more recent years, as a travel writer, she’s been a contributing editor for Tennis magazine and sites like HotelChatter, Jaunted, and Jetsetter. She’s written for WSJ Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide and

Her book New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough is part of the 33 1/3 collection, a series of books that focus on individual albums by particular musical artists and acts.

The book, a study of the late 1980s cultural moment, was inspired by an album that has sold more than 17 million copies.

Wallwork told one interviewer about the book: “Since I’m not a music critic per se . . . I wanted to take a professional approach and set out to ask others—critics, industry insiders, producers—what they thought of Hangin’ Tough. Then I got interested in the idea of the science of music, talking to music cognition experts who may be able to tell me if there is something in the songs themselves that captured the hearts of so many teenaged girls in 1989. Looks and dance moves had something to do with it. But . . . the songs came first. . .”

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