Enhanced Guralnick Bios

“Mr. Guralnick’s e-book project is a particularly ambitious example of what seems be a growing trend in the publishing world. As the technology for adding ‘enhanced content’ like music, video and documents to the electronic versions of books advances, publishers are incorporating more of that material into work about popular music, whether critical assessments like Mr. Guralnick’s or the autobiographies and memoirs written by musicians… … Continue reading Enhanced Guralnick Bios

“What’s so Great About Pauline Kael?”

Don’t ask me why, but the library around the corner had a mint condition soft-cover copy of Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon on their remainder rack for $1 (I know, I know, how utterly poetic of them), so of course I bought it, but then I got to wondering, “Didn’t Pauline Kael once have something to say about Harold Bloom?,” which led me to Google … Continue reading “What’s so Great About Pauline Kael?”

You Pin Me Round

Check out my in-progress Pinterest board — a misguided Z-A tour of the index for The Accidental Evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Chuck Eddy’s 1997 critical tome, with occasional links to songs referenced. (I like how this snapshot renders it as a series of playing cards.) My other Pinterest boards (including remixes of Lipstick Traces and The Aesthetics of Rock) can be found here. Continue reading You Pin Me Round

Stats update (“We’re number just-south-of-seven-million!”)

A couple months back, I noted that rockcritics.com, according to the website Alexa, ranked 9,190,864th in the world. As of this second (it could change by the time you click through), our stats ranking is 6,904,770, a not entirely insignificant jump of two million two hundred and eighty seven thousand. To which I say … Continue reading Stats update (“We’re number just-south-of-seven-million!”)

Muxin’ It Up

Decided to do something a little different with my latest “muxtape” – posted some interviews and spoken word stuff, including a two-parter with Lester Bangs. Listen to it here. [Note: I’m not sure muxtape appreciates the length of all these… previewing some of them at work, I noticed that they cut off early.] And while on the topic of old interviews, Pacifica Radio Archives, in … Continue reading Muxin’ It Up

Information Highway OD and the User-friendly Remedy

 We’ve all heard the declarations before; Internet websites are killing print media and print outclasses the net by being the most traditional, convenient and often better quality form of news. It’s like the cable versus major network argument, except with more public participation. All these forms of information sharing and interaction, yet one big communication breakdown. So, what are readers, and especially writers, to do? … Continue reading Information Highway OD and the User-friendly Remedy