The Little Sandy Review and the Birth of Rock Criticism
by David Lightbourne in The New Vulgate (“articles of social, political, and psychological constitution”). Recounts in detail the story of the little ‘zine Paul Nelson and Jon Pankake started publishing in 1960, without which it’s entirely possible none of us would even be here. Some nice photos, too.
Just as an aside… via TNV, also found this recent Meltzer piece from the Oregonian about the Beats. In it he notes his discovering the criticism of Leroi Jones (pre-Amiri Baraka): “At 17, I hadn’t read anything that so viscerally spoke to me, and surely it was Jones’ model that enabled me to truck in music-crit myself in the years that followed.”