Kenneth Partridge is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Formerly editor-in-chief of, he’s written about music and popular culture for such publications as the AV Club, Billboard, Wondering Sound, Consequence of Sound, Flavorwire, Refinery 29, Noisey, the Hartford Courant, the Village Voice, USA Today, MTV Hive, and M Music & Musicians magazine, where he serves as reviews editor. He’s also helped to edit two encyclopedias — one on reggae, the other on Latin music — and penned biographies on Louis Armstrong and Marian Anderson. Touch his hair. Go on. He dares you.