How the Drum Machine Changed Pop Music

Enjoyed William Weir’s perspective on There’s a Riot Goin’ On (in Slate), specifically in regards to how critical the employment of (newly emerging) automated rhythm tracks were to that album’s overall aesthetic. Groundbreaking though it was, the drum machine’s emergence in the early 1970s didn’t make a lot of waves — largely because listeners didn’t know what they were hearing. To modern ears, these early … Continue reading How the Drum Machine Changed Pop Music

Eddy (and his immortalized dreck!) reviewed

Rev. Keith A. Gordon in Blurt Online: “Eddy’s critical flights of fancy notwithstanding, he’s a solid writer of no little wit and humor, and if we readers (such as yours truly) can agree to disagree on some of the dreck that he immortalizes in Rock And Roll Always Forgets, we can all find middle ground. As music critics go, Chuck Eddy has always been a … Continue reading Eddy (and his immortalized dreck!) reviewed

More links to Nelson/Avery

Dulani Wallace interviews Kevin Avery at the Vinyl District: “He would only really enjoy writing about things that meant something to him personally, so there are few clues about his own life in many of his pieces. So that became the idea—the first half of the book is the biography, the second half of the book is Paul’s writing. It’s kind of like Paul telling … Continue reading More links to Nelson/Avery

Wolcott memoir (mostly) raves

Review by A.G. in The Economist: “Every page is a party. Open to any chapter and the capitalised names pop out (Pauline Kael! Robert Christgau! Patti Smith!). Mr Wolcott arrived in New York in 1972 — “just as everything was going to hell” — to work at the Village Voice on the recommendation of Norman Mailer (he had written an article about Mailer for his … Continue reading Wolcott memoir (mostly) raves

Kellow & Kael (+ Schwartz), VII [updated]

Phillip Lopate reviews the bio in Film Comment: “Anyone who has hung around film critic circles will know that narrowing human thinness and provincialism that can set in when there is no other focus but movie talk.” Nick Pinkerton pans the book at Sundance Now blog: “I doubt I would’ve read Kellow’s Kael bio were it not for the fact that I was paid to … Continue reading Kellow & Kael (+ Schwartz), VII [updated]