Rock Criticism

by elmergantry

The kind of Rock criticism I dislike:
‘Albert Johnson’s thudding bass lines rocked the stadium while the shimmering lead of Theophilius McGonagall soared like an eagle into the hot Nevada sky’

The kind of rock criticism I like
Anything by Michael Gray (apart, maybe, from the entries on Pete Seeger and Frank Sinatra in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia) or by Peter Guralnick. Also people like Colin Harper, Bob Coltman and Martin Duberman (in his great biography of Paul Robeson), who show a good understanding of the historical conditions in which the artists they talk about worked…