if you're in new york, there's a post-punk panel discussion featuring
esteemed music journalist (and ex-flying lizard!) vivien goldman, along
with simon reynolds, james chance, and steven daly. it's at Mo Pitkins in the
East Village (Avenue A at 3rd St) on Tuesday, Feb 28th, at 7 pm. unfortunately
it costs 8 bucks, but it's 8 bucks well spent.
it's to celebrate simon r's new book, "rip it up and start again."
(so wrote geeta dayal
. and, yes, geeta dayal will be there -- she spent a year and a half as a research asst on simon reynolds's book, finally available in the US)
Excerpt of the day
“This subject is debated virtually any time two or more rock critics wind up in the same room, especially if they’re at an industry event like South by Southwest; the arguments usually revolve around the fact that there are so many more music writers than ever before; around the way it’s become a recognized profession in such a short time, and geared, not coincidentally, toward consumerism and the music industry’s notion of publicity rather than toward journalism and/or criticism; around how much more difficult it’s become, and the concessions a writer has to make to the PR machine, to get face time with interview subjects; around how effortlessly music journalism mutated into celebrity journalism.”
-- Mainlines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader, edited by John Morthland.