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Jul. 15 2010 - 5:22 pm | 130 views | 1 recommendation | 2 comments

An Open Message to National Review Editor Rich Lowry

I have once again resorted to vlogging in an effort to get attention. Here’s my Vanity Fair piece to which I refer.


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    Ah, Rolling Stone–the premiere source for racist rock-history mythology. A mag whose musicologists couldn’t play a C-Major triad in root position on a piano with the keys clearly labeled. A publication which has almost single-handedly crippled the cause of pop music historianship for decades to come via their white-bread rock elitism, contempt for serious musicology, and generally anti-intellectual attitude toward the arts. (“Toward the WHAT?” asks RS.) Yes, I love their politics but their crimes against the study of pop culture has me wishing them to Hell. An irrational, emotion-based attitude, yes. But, unlike RS, I love and revere music scholarship, which they’ve never hesitated to sell down the gutter for the sake of their arts-dead readership. Maybe it would help if our culture were capable of distinguishing pop journalism from genuine scholarship.

    RS should atone for its crimes to popular music, stop committing them, and devote themselves entirely to social and political issues. Until that time….

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