Steven Ward’s bookshelf

Rockcritics.com contributing editor, Steven Ward, chatted with me recently about a few of his favourite music books, including: Kurt Loder’s Bat Chain Puller: Rock and Roll in the Age of Celebrity Timothy White’s Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews Chuck Eddy’s Stairway to Hell: The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe Stephen Davis’s Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga Mick Wall’s When … Continue reading Steven Ward’s bookshelf

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #19 (Imprisonment)

“There are two things to say about him. He was a musical genius; and he was an abused child. By abuse, I do not mean sexual abuse; I mean he was used brutally and callously for money, and clearly imprisoned by a tyrannical father. He had no real childhood and spent much of his later life struggling to get one. He was spiritually and psychologically … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #19 (Imprisonment)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #18 (Jerkin’ Knee)

“The jerk of the knee always short-circuits critical engagement. I detest cabaret and Broadway nearly as much as Marsh does; yet I treasure those two Beatle recordings. I don’t care for the songs themselves — versions by others bore me stiff — but I love what the Beatles do with them. Their wintry ‘Taste of Honey’ tastes more like quicksilver, with its minor key, bitter … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #18 (Jerkin’ Knee)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #17 (Anti-youknowwhatists)

“My problem [with the word ‘rockism’] is more personal: I can’t tell if I’m a rockist or not, or whether a lot of other rock critics are rockists or not (Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Richard Meltzer, Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy), and I think the confusion is in the concept, not in me. My problem with the antirockists was their tendency to externalize ‘rockism’ … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #17 (Anti-youknowwhatists)

Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #16 (The ‘R’ Word)

“Rockism isn’t unrelated to older, more familiar prejudices – that’s part of why it’s so powerful, and so worth arguing about. The pop star, the disco diva, the lip-syncher, the ‘awesomely bad’ hit maker: could it really be a coincidence that rockist complaints often pit straight white men against the rest of the world? Like the anti-disco backlash of 25 years ago, the current rockist … Continue reading Favourite Music Reads of the ’00s: #16 (The ‘R’ Word)