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

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November 27, 2009 by admin

“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 consensus seems to reflect not just an idea of how music should be made but also an idea about who should be making it.”
– Kelefa Sanneh, “The Rap Against Rockism,” New York Times, 2004

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