Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music
A Momentary History of Pop Music (Esperience Music Project)
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Music journalism in the mainstream press has been on a downward slide for years. Word counts for reviews are declining across the board, readership is drifting to blogs and other online venues, and downsizing of editorial staff at former strongholds of arts criticism, such as the Village Voice, are making for exceedingly grim times. Few print music magazines allow for the sort of memorable long-form features and lively, perceptive analysis that characterized Rolling Stone and Creem in the ’70s, Melody Maker and NME in the ’80s, and Spin in the early ’90s.
Academic writing on popular music is likewise hobbled. The writing itself, with some major exceptions, is dry, distanced, and opaque, in stark contrast to the vibrancy and immediacy of the material it is attempting to unpack. Cultural-studies scholars,
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