this is why i’m not a music writer, per se

One could go on playing “gotcha” at the expense of Frere-Jones‘ intended thrust, which mainly indicates that this piece needed another draft or two. This is odd, because “indie whiteness” is a subject he’s been banging on about in many forums for several years. (Frere-Jones is also a sometime white-indie-rocker himself.) His consistent mistake seems to be to talk about musical issues as if they were nearly autonomous from larger social dynamics. It’s the blind spot of a genuine music lover, but it grants music culture too much power and assigns it too much blame.

“The Trouble With Indie Rock — It’s not just race. It’s class.” By Carl Wilson
SLATE Posted Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at 5:53 PM ET

i find the affair annoying and obnoxious. as elvis costello said: “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”


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