Saturday, January 28, 2017

More Than A Feeling

Chuck Eddy “Terminated for Reasons of Taste” (Duke University Press, 2016)

Quick confession time:  In what seems like a lifetime ago, I was one of those record store guys.  I was a buyer for a big record store (one of the biggest), and I was a DJ waay back in the day of college radio.  So I know a lot about music that not many people have actually heard.

I first encountered Chuck Eddy’s writing as I lurked around on (an old school message board that caters to music writers & high level record nerds).  In fact portions of this book are reworked from some of his posts there.

Here’s the deal with Eddy:  our aesthetics do not overlap.  Off the top of my head I really can’t think of just about any contemporary music that we both like.  And that’s OK.  I still enjoy reading his thoughts on music.  That’s the sign of a great music writer – is it enjoyable if you disagree with his taste?

His approach is in many ways similar to Chuck Klosterman.  There’s a championing of commercial music from Middle America.   If you are a fan of this stuff, or simply a contrarian, you should check this out.  You’ll have food for late night arguments for years to come.

Don’t be mistaken & think that I am saying that only those people should read this book.  Eddy is a major figure in contemporary music criticism, & needs to be read by anyone seriously interested in the subject. Just don’t make me listen to early Styx albums.

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