The third (and final) installment of my chat with Mr. Eddy, regarding record guides. Here we yammer on about: The Spin Alternative Record Guide Christgau’s Record Guides Martin Popoff, The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal Tony Jasper & Derek Oliver, The International Encyclopedia of Hard Rockand Heavy Metal Bill Friskics-Warren & David Cantwell, Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles (This segment just … Continue reading Rockcritics Podcast: Chuck Eddy (Part 3)
Lyrical Assassin: “For a music critic, being immortalized in song could be the highest compliment…unless the song is a death threat.” Music critic Michael Azerrad gets the sort of publicity every critic secretly craves. Until it happens (at least in this fashion). (Some interesting mentions in this piece as well of songs I had no idea existed, about Gina Arnold, Ira Robbins, and… Robert Hilburn?) Continue reading Azerrad targeted in song
Since it’s nearly mid-terms time, we pose a test of our own. Actually, it’s the Proust Questionnaire (as adapted through Bernard Pivot & used by James Lipton on his show Inside the Actors Studio). 1) What is your favorite word? 2) What is your least favorite word? 3) What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 4) What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? … Continue reading Question of the Week: The New School Version
The second installment of the Eddy podcast focuses on the discographies in Stranded (Greil Marcus) and Marooned (Phil Freeman). Most (though not all) of the music bits are samples of songs culled from Marcus’s text. I may have more to say about this later (a whole bunch of things I wish I’d responded to at the time — i.e., Hackamore Brick), but for now… Check … Continue reading Rockcritics Podcast: Chuck Eddy (Part 2)
It might have been relevant in the previous post — the Eddy interview — to link to Randall Roberts’ lengthy analysis of The New Rolling Stone Record Guide (the second — or blue — edition) from a paper he presented at EMP a few years ago. I still need to fully re-read the thing myself, but my impression is that what he says about the … Continue reading More on the Rolling Stone Record Guide
Some time back I started running through the music titles on my bookshelf (which you can catch in progress here), but I’ve decided to open things up somewhat by chatting with some other critics — to get their thoughts on some of my favourite music books. Or to delve into some of the music books that matter to them. Or maybe even to discuss books … Continue reading Rockcritics Podcast: Chuck Eddy (Part 1)
And to what extent do they post a challenge to critical objectivity and your opinion of them? Continue reading Question of the Week: What are some critics’ darlings and sacred cows?