You may have come across Ted Gioia’s piece for The Daily Beast this week about the dismal state of music criticism. Gioia is a respected critic (mostly known for writing about Jazz) and in the piece titled “Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting,” he makes a few good points but essentially declares that all working music writers are phoneys.
You can read the original piece here.
And here are some interesting and noteworthy responses…
Jody Rosen for New York Magazine
James Inverne for Classicalite
I’m not sure if any conclusions can and will be made from this debate but twitter is ablaze with opinions.
At least we’ve got a new word out of this! The “shelfie,” which means to post a photo of your personal bookshelves in the hopes of displaying the intellectual weight of all the books you have read (or at least the ones on display in your home). For the record, Rosen’s bookshelves look way cooler than Gioia’s.
.@tedgioia PS My bookshelves (some of them). 😛 pic.twitter.com/LxGdulWaLq
— Jody Rosen (@jodyrosen) March 18, 2014