Critics! April 16, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
One of the more intriguing pieces in the last edition of The Phoenix was on a newspaper music critic. Apparently this critic had the temerity to suggest that there’s a generation of bland musicians who’ve come to the fore in Irish music in the past while. I don’t actually think he’s wrong though I’d argue that it goes a lot wider than Irish music (and I’m not sure it’s the fault of the Corrs as this individual suggested – a group I never much liked but that’s neither here nor there). I think the roots go waaaaay back. But be that as it may, MCD according to the piece in the Phoenix have struck him off guest lists to gigs.
I read this, and my first response was, well, that’s not great.
And my second response?
What is a critic doing getting in free to gigs? I’m not blaming him, or any critic, but it seems to me that a critic would be better employed paying in as an ordinary audience member and on the qt too. Less chance for conflicts of interest.
Sure, it costs money, but that should be factored in by whatever organisation a critic works for.
Occasionally, the CLR gets sent review copies of books. I’ve never much liked that, when someone sends you something for free whether one likes it or not there’s a sense that one is slightly beholden to them. In the end I stopped accepting review copies. It felt too complicit.
As to the critic, I hope he grasps this opportunity with enthusiasm.