For a lot of people, staying out late and talking to various musicians is the dream. For music journalists it's just one part of a long day's work. When you're not out living 'the high life' you're locked away in your room listening to music all day, getting to know the ins and outs of … Continue reading HOW DOES MUSIC JOURNALISM DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL JOURNALISM?
Frank Zappa once said “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” but what does this mean? Perhaps it suggests that the job of the music critic is essentially pointless, why read about music when you can listen to it? Or, in the same way that a dancer may know very little about architecture, the … Continue reading Role of the Critic
Is it mere coincidence that a handful of iconic artists have died at the age of 27 to join 'the club' or is this some kind of myth formulated by the media? Musicians die at many other ages however the media seems to have thrust the idea of the magic number 27 into our faces, … Continue reading Media and Mythology
It is a cerebration of one's brain that a respectable piece of workmanship should abstain from pretentious exhaustion of diction. Get any of that? What I meant to say was if I’m ever going to understand some writing I would prefer not to be attacked with a swarm of long words that hurt my brain … Continue reading What Makes a Good Writer
I'm trying to decide which music magazine to buy and I can't help but think a drooling, spotty, teenage boy should be standing in my place. It's funny how we use a rack to display magazines to then display 'racks'. Even when the music magazines don't feature a sultry looking female, the surrounding 'lad mags' … Continue reading Women and the Music Media