From the Archives: Kandia Crazy Horse (2003)

Kandia Crazy Horse Rips it Up By Scott Woods (November 2003) Kandia Crazy Horse is the Editor of the upcoming music tome, Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock ‘n Roll, which will be published by Palgrave at the end of 2003. I recently sent her a bunch of questions about the book and a few about herself as well.   Scott:   How are you doing, … Continue reading From the Archives: Kandia Crazy Horse (2003)

From the Archives: Steven Rosen (2003)

Steven Rosen gets his byline on By Steven Ward (September 2003) Veteran rock writer Steven Rosen has been traveling with musicians and profiling them–mostly guitarists–since the early ’70s. He has written for just about every rock publication under the sun. Here, Rosen reflects on five magazines that stand out to him. Rolling Stone Maybe the crowning jewel in my literary kingdom. I pitched them a story on Bad … Continue reading From the Archives: Steven Rosen (2003)

From the Archives: Michael Erlewine (2003)

All Music Guy, Michael Erlewine By Barbara Flaska (July 2003)  If you’re at all curious about music and have access to the Internet, chances are good you’ve already encountered the All Music Guide, the free online music database that provides both record reviews and artist biographies for countless thousands of records and artists. Now meet Michael Erlewine, the man behind that vision. Michael Erlewine’s had an … Continue reading From the Archives: Michael Erlewine (2003)

From the Archives: Steve Jones (2003)

Critiquing the critics: Steve Jones on the value of rock journalism By Simon Warner (February 2003) In late 2002, a new volume appeared on the shelves–the first coordinated attempt to gather a group of serious essays on popular music journalism, an area that has excited millions of us as readers but one that has only now, somewhat belatedly, begun to attract the close attention of the … Continue reading From the Archives: Steve Jones (2003)

From the Archives: Ben Ratliff (2003)

Waking up to what’s possible: Ben Ratliff By Steven Ward (2003) Ben Ratliff is one of “those” music critics. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones who can show you something brand new about an artist you’ve loved your whole life. The ones who can define the cultural status of a musician with one well written sentence. The ones who can write about … Continue reading From the Archives: Ben Ratliff (2003)

From the Archives: Michael Azerrad (2002) (II)

Michael Azerrad in Person By Jeanne Fury (2002) Michael Azerrad is the author of two books, Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana and Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991, which recently came out in paperback. Our Band covers the canon of American indie punk bands that birthed do-it-yourself culture. And it was indeed a culture: Azerrad’s book uncovers the sociology of … Continue reading From the Archives: Michael Azerrad (2002) (II)

From the Archives: Michael Azerrad (2002) (I)

His Book Could Be Your Life: Michael Azerrad by E-Mail By Scott Woods (2002) Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life is, for me, that rare breed of scene-and-place rock chronicle–as opposed to an all-over-the-map critique–that I actually didn’t get the urge to put down after a few dozen pages. As reportage on a specific musical moment, I’d rank OBCBYL in a league with Like Punk Never Happened (Dave Rimmer), England’s … Continue reading From the Archives: Michael Azerrad (2002) (I)