mark s: rockwrite conference to be broadcast on resonance FM

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That said, anything framing itself in part with a Ted Gioia 'how dare you all not be like me' complaint...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:20 (nine years ago) link

has anyone banging on about the good old days actually READ pre-digital age rock criticism in the harsh light of today, because i have read a lot of it for school purposes and there is a lot of awfulness. not like there isn't crap now but good lord, the clueless dude hegemony all over the place is a sight to behold.

maura, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:14 (nine years ago) link

i still use “Buzzfeed” as a pejorative

salthigh, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:19 (nine years ago) link

Maura OTM, one of the reasons people get so excited about the high points of Ye Olde Rock Journalism is that they shone out from seas of mediocrity (and worse) inside and outside the music press; sadly even some of the old high points can look fairly crap now.

I think all of the underground press era people we heard at the conference are more or less horrified at the casual sexism and "clueless dude hegemony" of those times; I got the impression that they can't really understand why they didn't know better.

As an increasingly middle aged (and consistently clueless) dude I am sorry to say that I feel the same way about many of the unexamined nonsenses of my own 1980s youth; I guess that is something which will come to all of us unless we give up thinking and learning.

Tim, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:34 (nine years ago) link

yeah i mean that's part of why i think the old guard is reacting so negatively to the way things are now — they know they can't get away with a lot of the unexamined bullshit they used to. this includes tsk-tskers like austerlitz and gioia, too.

maura, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:47 (nine years ago) link

imo framing this as a young (female) writers vs. old (male) writers thing is a huge mistake, given how many young writers are being pushed and/or starved out of the democratic new industry

katherine, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:54 (nine years ago) link

and I'm not just talking out my ass here, the statistics back me up: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/newsroom-diversity-a-casualty-of-journalisms-financial-crisis/277622/

katherine, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:57 (nine years ago) link

So from just reading that headline this was certainly discussed as an effect of "work for free". The only people that can afford those periods of doing so have family support, so only people of a certain class and race can get there.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:15 (nine years ago) link

a couple of the panelfoax at my thing are (a) past retirement age and (b) by no means well off

at some level part of the point was/is to bring them back to public mind as worth knowing about

mark s, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:45 (nine years ago) link

hi, it's laura. i double checked after getting home from the panel and i was definitely right, mark was 100% wrong. and no such advert ever existed.

snake, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:40 (nine years ago) link

i feel i need to stress that the mark that is 100% wrong is another mark and not me :(

mark s, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:04 (nine years ago) link

dude chill.

Lets all chill now.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:12 (nine years ago) link

Know nothing about this yet, but just came to say- Revive the Sluglords podcasts!

Lemmy Cauchemar (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 21:46 (nine years ago) link

RESONANCE FM broadcast reminder: 10am-8pm BST tomorrow (25 May)

mark s, Sunday, 24 May 2015 15:45 (nine years ago) link

It's just started. The first panel has Charles Shaar Murray in full flow, recommended.

mike t-diva, Monday, 25 May 2015 09:02 (nine years ago) link

has anyone banging on about the good old days actually READ pre-digital age rock criticism in the harsh light of today, because i have read a lot of it for school purposes and there is a lot of awfulness. not like there isn't crap now but good lord, the clueless dude hegemony all over the place is a sight to behold.

quality of writing generally much higher now imo but the internet echo chamber results in long and very good pieces who publication could not have been conceived by the old guard, careful and very good pieces, which repeat and cosign one another infinitely and interest mainly the people to whom they are responding. which may have been the case anyway idk

Joan Crawford Loves Chachi, Monday, 25 May 2015 12:01 (nine years ago) link

Just now started listening: Jefferson Airplane suggested as punk spirits, Grace Slick in particular. Female commentator says Slick is now fat and grey-haired and makes bad art and no bones about it, so still punk. Male says he interviewed Abbie Hoffman, also punk in spirit, and "punk was the revenge of the hippies."

Presentations from Underground/Overground: The Changing Politics of UK Music-Writing 1968 - 85, programmed by Mark Sinker at Birkbeck, University of London, 15 and 16 May 2015. The first panel dicussion in entitled The trades meet the underground and features Charles Shaar Murray, Richard Willams and Mark Williams. It is followed by How well did the mainstream press deal with rock music in the 60s? What alternatives did the undergrounds offer? with Tony Palmer, Jonathon Green, and Mark Pringle, chaired by Esther Leslie. Then bringing us up to lunchtime is Handling rhetorics of outsider style in a commercial context — the implicit politics of critical stance with Barney Hoskyns and Jonh Ingham, chaired by Toby Litt. More follows throughout Bank Holiday Monday till 8pm. [Does not repeat.] BST 7 hrs ahead of EST

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 15:00 (nine years ago) link

Paul Gilroy talking about early influence of Leroi Jones, Ralph Ellison ("People are still plagiarizing him"), hard to get into "tired of same old arguments about what you can say or not say about black culture in this country," mentions MC5 and Funkadelic on same bill, racial complexity of rock etc history and its relation to rock writing not sufficiently addressed often enough, difficulties he encountered in finding UK music editors interested (I gotta read his Black Atlantic).

Several writers from different backgrounds talking about influence of Charlie Gillet, DJ, TV presenter, reviewer, editor, author of the illuminating Sound of the City

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 15:58 (nine years ago) link

"hard to get into" misplaced and meant to be deleted, initial attempt at what became "difficulties encountered"

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 16:00 (nine years ago) link

Simon Frith dance music central to history of popular music in Britain, but often under-represented in histories, he and other panelists mention Davit Sigerson as rock writer with unusual emphasis on dance music, before Simon Reynolds (Vince Aletti was another, in the early 70s)

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 16:07 (nine years ago) link

Frith: UK editors didn't care, just published what he sent 'em, unless an extra ad, they'd cut last graf, so had to make sure it was always inessential. Then started writing for the Voice, would get "these terrfying Transatlanctic calls from Robert Christgau for 21/2 hours, asking 'What does this part mean, why do you say it like that?' " Various writers on learning to be aware of "the conventions you had in your head."

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 16:19 (nine years ago) link

Frith says a lot of writing about dance is your basic compulsive insider baseball, no sense of what the music sounds like or what the dancing is like; mentions Simon Reynolds as one who does try to describe those things.

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 16:32 (nine years ago) link

Had to switch players, came back to long discussion of working for "exposure" taking a turn: guy indignantly mentions Pitchfork ad looking for new writers, fine print re no pay, disputed by someone who works for Pitchfork (gotta find podcasts, captures of this whole thing)

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 17:59 (nine years ago) link

That is, I believe, the Mark Pringle-Laura Snapes spat referred to upthread.

Matt DC, Monday, 25 May 2015 18:10 (nine years ago) link

Hazel Robinson's response to Laura Snapes: http://piratemoggy.tumblr.com/post/119350594961/enough-or-my-experiences-with-the-middle-aged

mike t-diva, Monday, 25 May 2015 18:19 (nine years ago) link

Resonance in their wisdom omitted my killer incomprehensible question to the punk panel! I wrote it up and tweeted it anyway - turns out nobody on my timeline understands the final para either, OH WELL...

mike t-diva, Monday, 25 May 2015 18:22 (nine years ago) link

hi, it's laura. i double checked after getting home from the panel and i was definitely right, mark was 100% wrong. and no such advert ever existed.

― snake, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:40 PM (6 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
ended at 7:10 BST, not xpost 8. Cool, listening to dynamic Asian music on there now.

dow, Monday, 25 May 2015 18:23 (nine years ago) link

I listened to this whole thing today, too hungover to get out of bed. drifted in and out but I can safely say that I too have had ENOUGH of the first and last conference about the history of uk rock journalism from the 60s to the 80s

also it really sounded to me like that one woman said "I'm not from manchester, I'm from tumblr"

So You've Been Pubically Shaved (wins), Monday, 25 May 2015 19:05 (nine years ago) link

haha i think hazel did say exactly that :)

mark s, Monday, 25 May 2015 21:47 (nine years ago) link

and then plan a six-day follow-up next year

mark s, Monday, 25 May 2015 21:49 (nine years ago) link

there's also a discussion of it on the freaky trigger comments thread: http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2015/05/a-great-big-clipper-ship/

mark s, Monday, 25 May 2015 21:52 (nine years ago) link

Ha, assumed I had misheard it in my addled state but couldn't think of where she might actually mean

So You've Been Pubically Shaved (wins), Monday, 25 May 2015 21:55 (nine years ago) link

i keep seeing the TT as:

Mark S. Rockwrite!

which is a great name. and reminds me of the time that i wrote a review for a magazine that shall remain nameless and they made me re-do it over and over and finally i told them to use the name Rick Rockrite instead of my own name on the review. they didn't think that was funny.

scott seward, Monday, 25 May 2015 22:36 (nine years ago) link

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/

^^^for the time being at least, the broadcast elements are up on the resonance mixcloud

mark s, Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:31 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

mark's followup post: http://dubdobdee.co.uk/2015/06/02/whalers-on-the-moon-curious-despatches-from-an-old-dream/

it good writing

where the sterls have no name (s.clover), Thursday, 23 July 2015 02:07 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

mark is kickstarting a book of related stuff.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/253164519/a-hidden-landscape-once-a-week-an-anthology

ppl should back it.

R.I.P. Haram-bae, the good posts goy (s.clover), Monday, 11 July 2016 02:15 (eight years ago) link

He also started a separate thread for it.

A HIDDEN LANDSCAPE ONCE A WEEK: the kickstarter for the book of the politics of rockwriting conference

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 July 2016 14:10 (eight years ago) link

is this online somewhere?

"Frith says a lot of writing about dance is your basic compulsive insider baseball, no sense of what the music sounds like or what the dancing is like; mentions Simon Reynolds as one who does try to describe those things."

i have a lot of time for SR but am honestly tired of him being seen as the token only person who can write well about dance music in the 21st century. though perhaps frith meant SR is the only person who can explain it to old rock critics.

StillAdvance, Monday, 11 July 2016 14:18 (eight years ago) link

the purpose of the kickstarter -- linked above -- is to get transcripts of the panels published (alongside a bunch of other excellent stuff): this is my primary focus right now :)

mark s, Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:08 (seven years ago) link

I knew you couldn't keep away :)

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:51 (seven years ago) link

obviously for maximum impact i should have structured my appeal as some kind of POLL :D

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A HIDDEN LANDSCAPE ONCE A WEEK: the kickstarter for the book of the politics of rockwriting conference
running a kickstarter in a time of plague and panic

mark s, Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:54 (seven years ago) link

Especially as you only came back to partake in the metal poll thread though you forgot dj martian this time YOU PLANK!

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 24 July 2016 23:13 (seven years ago) link


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