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 Everett True

10 more rules of music criticism

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It’s impolite to describe the music
Don’t forget to mention which instrument which FULL BAND-MEMBER NAME plays
It’s impolite to compare one band to another band
Don’t forget to describe in full what the female band-member looks like
It’s impolite to have an opinion
Don’t forget to mention whether you’re conducting the interview by phone or not
It’s impolite to review an album in less than 300 words
Don’t forget to mention all the songs, but jumbled up – so your readers don’t realise you haven’t heard all the album
It’s impolite to give the impression you’re more interesting than the musician
Don’t forget to give a shout-out to the press release

    One Response to 10 more rules of music criticism

    1. Jack November 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      It’s impolite to be a burned-out old sourpuss.

      It’s impolite to rest on laurels over a decade old.

      Don’t forget to berate everyone else for not being as progressive as you.

      It’s impolite to write 600 or 50 word reviews, either of which really say anything.

      Don’t forget to lay into the local music community and media culture before you fully understand the realpolitik of the situation. All of which is ironic, since in a bunch of ways it is actually more vital and open than that currently in UK.

      Am I doing it right?

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