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 Everett True

the editor of the NME reacts to the news PJ Harvey has become the first artist to win the Mercury Prize twice

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Odd Future … is apparently what rebellion sounds like in 2011: dead-eyed, mob-like and opportunistic. There’s certainly no one else currently trying to articulate anything more meaningful in pop culture. Time was when rock stars, and not just the Clash, used to have lots to say about lots of very big, important things. Or so I’m told. The truth is that in my eight years as a music journalist, I’ve never found one.

So now no one says anything at all. And then we all wake up and wonder where the art of genuine protest has gone.

(Krissi Murison, editor of NME, writing in The Guardian, 14 August 2011)

See also:
Where has the art of genuine protest gone? asks a ‘concerned’ music industry insider
Of course, it doesn’t count when women or blacks do it. A collection of 20 present-day political pop songs

P.S. In case anyone thinks I’m picking on a clueless editor of a national UK music publication quite unfairly, Lucy Cage has just linked me to this corker of a Tweet, from the ‘Culture’ Editor of Channel 4 News, Matthew Cain.

PJ Harvey wins Mercury for obscure album no-one liked or bought – how predictable! What’s wrong with music connecting with lots of people?

Nice to know the UK’s cultural future is safe in the hands of people like Matthew. Incidentally Matthew, no one is two words, not one.

11 Responses to the editor of the NME reacts to the news PJ Harvey has become the first artist to win the Mercury Prize twice

  1. Everett True September 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    (from Facebook)

    Rez Guthrie, Paul Murdock, Elly Verlaine and 2 others like this.

    Lucy Gulland
    Here: more twattery from people who oughta know better: http://twitter.com/#!/MatthewCainC4

    Richard Gunn
    Maybe its me, but I might have been inclined to thank my band before my agent, manager and label, not as a kind of ungracious afterthought…

    Edward Bartlett
    Matthew Cain – what a tool.

    Jonathan Sebire
    re Cain: Can culture editors deride people for being obsessed with cool? Isn’t that their de facto reason for existing?

    Chris Ovenden
    Haven’t read the article yet, but my first thought is: they failed to fuck up her career by giving her the prize ten years ago, so they’re having another go.

    Everett True
    they gave it for the worst album of her career 10 years ago. At least this one’s a bit of a belter

    Everett True
    re Cain: I think culture editors main reason for existing is to attend Booker parties

    Richard Gunn
    Just had to stop myself laughing out-loud at Cains insights…So glad he’s got his finger on the pulse!…Do think the best LP won there, but not much competition…Thank god Adele had a chest infection is all I say…

    Chris Ovenden
    Yeah, I remember you saying that about Stories… back when Uh Huh Her came out; I don’t agree. To me it’s the middle one in a trilogy of near-perfect albums. The new one, much as I’ve wanted it to, hasn’t grown on me.

    Lucy Gulland
    Ah, at least he had a nice time there (even while he’s deriding the Booker judges for trying to be “young and trendy”. Can we spot a theme here?).

    Chris Ovenden
    But the point stands about Cain because he and I seem to be in a bit of a minority.

    Everett True
    He’s like the Jeff Pollack of the cultural world. http://blogs.channel4.com/culture/shortlist-confirms-booker-prizes-status/1536

    Everett True ‎
    (Oh, Jeff – right.) http://www.collapseboard.com/blogs/wallace-wylie/probably-the-most-influential-manifesto-of-the-past-20-years/

  2. Princess Stomper September 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    “Incidentally Matthew, no one is two words, not one.”
    Actually, you’re wrong about that: either expression is correct.

    More correct still would be to say, “No-one I know dislikes this album”, since absolutely everybody I know who has expressed an opinion has rated it at least “very good”.

  3. Erika September 8, 2011 at 12:34 am

    no one bought her album? *I* bought her album! *I* liked her album! I AM SOMEBODY.

  4. WhatYouCallThem September 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Matthew Cain is more the worry there.
    He even suggested Elbow should have won it – wtf
    And his vague presumably drunk points on twitter are alarmingly muddled from any perspective.

    Maybe that band Devo …had a point…

  5. Everett True September 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Wait a second. So now you’re saying the Financial Times is more in tune with music than the editor of the NME? Wow.

  6. Joseph Kyle September 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    All the good music journalists of the 80s and 90s have found lucrative jobs in better, more reliable, more respectable publications.

  7. Everett True September 12, 2011 at 7:53 am

    All the good music journalists of the 80s and 90s have found lucrative jobs in better, more reliable, more respectable publications.

    Oh cheers, Joseph. Way to kick a man when he’s down. Want me to fit some hobnails on so you can get it over quicker? No, I won’t get up.

  8. Joseph Kyle September 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    ah, but yr not a journalist, you’re a music critic!

  9. Everett True September 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    “Incidentally Matthew, no one is two words, not one.”
    Actually, you’re wrong about that: either expression is correct.

    300 words good, 100 words better.

    One hyphen good, no hyphens better.

  10. Incurable subeditor August 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I know this thread’s two years cold, but…

    No hyphen would make it “noone”.

    300 words good, 100 words better.

    Two words good, one word better.

    No one: several ways of reading it.

    No-one/noone: one way of reading it.

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