Simon Reynolds on the state of music criticism.
This guy, like most rock critics, has not yet copped on to the fact that rock music and rock criticism are increasingly irrelevant. Rock is just another genre of music, long ago surpassed by hip-hop, R&B, country, and pop in terms of popularity and cultural relevance. He still thinks music criticism and rock criticm are interchangeable. They are not, and so he will likely remain lost in his misguided nostalgia for "the good old days" when rock and rock writing meant something.
posted by BrianP at 9:15 AM on July 31, 2006
You're calling "this guy" -- Simon Reynolds -- a rockist? That's hilarious. He sorta invented how to write about electronica, un-sorta invented the word "post-rock", and is more inspired by Delueze and Guitari than by The Rolling Stones.
posted by Rex at 1:37 PM on July 31, 2006
Hey, I'm just going by what he wrote in the article. Direct me to something he wrote recently about contemporary non-rock and maybe I'll change my mind.
posted by BrianP at 1:29 AM on August 1, 2006
Rex, he actually used the term "rock-writer colossi." And that last paragraph, please. Post-rock? I said RELEVANT.
posted by BrianP at 2:07 AM on August 1, 2006
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