Jodi Biddle

Music and the construction of female identity – Brisbane’s street press

I was going to focus my article on examining the way language is used to present women in the street press. Until I encountered a problem. There are none!


5 Music Journalism Clichés Which Should Go Away Forever

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 […]

 Everett True

Sexism etc – female music critics wanted for Collapse Board

Imagine if the music critic in Almost Famous had been female. Any chance at all she wouldn’t have been portrayed as a groupie?

 Everett True

Everett True in the UK, part two – London

“I didn’t listen to pop music growing up,” he reveals. “If I listened to music, it would be something classical”

 Everett True

Song of the day – 248: Belle And Sebastian (a review)

…what was truly alarming was the way all the reviews merged into one amorphous voice, saying nothing, very loudly, over and over again

 Everett True

Classic ‘reviews’ from the US music press – 1: Kanye West

Classic ‘reviews’ from the US music press – 1: Kanye West

Who needs to reprint the review when you’ve got perfection in a numeral?

 Matt O'Neill

Whatever Happened To The Music Press: An Answer

It’s been a long time since I genuinely enjoyed music journalism. I know that sounds odd coming from someone most people would consider a music journalist (myself included) but, genuinely, I’ve despised the overall form of music journalism for the majority of my adult life. My reasons change almost daily. Sometimes, I am irked by […]

 Everett True

Letters from Rosie 3

The third in the series from my coolest correspondent. (Although I’m pretty chuffed at Nathan from The Gossip saying he reckons me to be the “most important and interesting critic of all time” – I’d be even more chuffed if I believed he was being serious.) Incidentally, the criteria Rosie is applying to Vampire Weekend […]

 Everett True

Spotlight – 8: The Bats

Fuck it. I can’t stop listening to this album. It creeps up on me, catches me unawares. It’s so gentle, deceptively unobtrusive. It’s so sweet and full of subtle magic and intricate guitar motifs and lines that never revel in their own cleverness, just melt. It doesn’t shout, no it never shouts. I have no […]

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