Get Back, JoJo

My two cents on what's wrong and what could be right: Music isn't news and music criticism shouldn't have to be reporting. Music is love and desire and flirting and fighting and wop-bop-a-lu-bop, and music criticism should be the same. Institutional context: publishers don't get it. They probably think they've got economic justification for their current practice, but I don't believe those justifications. I think these guys are bound by habit, that's all. Music criticism's being ensconced in "journalism" doesn't mean that criticism need take news as its model, artist profiles and reviews of current product as the (usually) unvarying format, and journalistic dead style for its default prose. Which isn't to say that good news reporting, artist profiles, and record reviews can't contain the wop-bop-a-lu-bop.

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