A CRITIC INTERVIEWED (2004): Putting opinion in print

 |   |  <1 min read

A CRITIC INTERVIEWED (2004): Putting opinion in print

A decade ago I was interviewed by Trevor Reekie of National Radio as part of his series about music writing and critics.

I recently found the CD of it which he gave me -- the 30 minute un-editied version was very loose and funny and the anecdotes were obviously embellished -- but this edited seven minute version covers a fair bit of ground.

The Mick Jagger story I mentioned is here, the Rod Stewart one is here and the Tiffany story here. If you do want to read some of the funnier rock'n'roll encounters I've had then these pages are devoted to such things.

The larger story about the role and responsibilities of the critic I have essayed at length here.

I stand by everything I said in this interview but my apologies if it sounds a bit dated. A lot has happened in the interim and as Trevor and I spoke at the start of the unedited version I was just about to launch a website (this monster which now has more than 6000 postings) and we laughed about how just a couple of years previous we'd never really heard of people doing their own website.

"Now everyone's got one", he laughed.

I laughed too.

And went out and got one. Hope you enjoy it. Elsewhere is wide and deep . . . and free. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Something articles index

THE MYSTERY AND MUSIC OF OF MARGARET (2014): A photo, a cassette and a strange tale

THE MYSTERY AND MUSIC OF OF MARGARET (2014): A photo, a cassette and a strange tale

Cassette tapes don't turn up in my letterbox that often these days. In fact not for at least a decade, maybe even much longer. They tell me there's a cult audience out there who like the... > Read more

THE OTHERS WAY FESTIVAL (2017) Times and other things

THE OTHERS WAY FESTIVAL (2017) Times and other things

The now annual Others Way Festival in Auckland is a showcase for young and up'n'coming bands alongside a diverse range of more established artists. Spread over a number of venues in central... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

REVOLUTION, COMING RIGHT AT YA: The message in the music

REVOLUTION, COMING RIGHT AT YA: The message in the music

In the on-going American discussion about "the right to bear arms", the flashpoints usually come from another shooting in a high school, a lone gunman on a rampage or what the Founding... > Read more

SHANI.O PICKS HER BEST EPs OF 2016

SHANI.O PICKS HER BEST EPs OF 2016

What a year it has been for EP releases. Following the semi-regular EP review columns that have been posted on Elsewhere throughout the year, here are five top picks from 2016:1. Shakes -... > Read more