Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely stupid.
1. “(INSERT FEMALE ROCK/POP MUSICIAN’S NAME HERE), THE BAD GIRL OF ROCK…” Description: Virtually every female musician who dyes her hair ‘punk’ colors and/or makes vaguely ‘rebellious’ (or quasi-feminist) pronouncements is saddled with this phrase in music reviews or featured interviews. This travesty of words has been going on since The Slits, and most notoriously […]
Imagine if the music critic in Almost Famous had been female. Any chance at all she wouldn’t have been portrayed as a groupie?
“Most music critics are reading other music critics to find out what they should like”
OK. Day two of my tribute to becoming Australian, and this group have significance for me. I’m sure my pal David Nichols can remind me of this, but when he found himself at a loose end for those crucial 12 hours in London on a stopover back from Olympia, WA to Melbourne in 1985, and […]
Hey. Glad you could make it. Thought we might want to establish a few rules before I get down to the actual reviewing. This is a trial run for the format. So – duh – it might not work, as a format. The idea is that this live-to-air review takes it cue from the live […]
Received another excellent, thought-provoking email from Rosie, partway inspired by my recent Tall Tales And True post. Hey ET, Just read Tall Tales. Want more. I’m going to tell you what I’m thinking and I’ve been thinking it for a while. Yr blog posts, although plentiful in number, are too short for my tastes. I […]
So I wrote back to Rosie, following her previous email, stating that I wasn’t sure that many of us have the constancy she claims on our behalf – that we all contradict ourselves and doubt ourselves and (speaking personally) sometimes wish we could be co-opted by the mainstream, but that it’s long since occurred to […]