What’s wrong with… Dancing About Architecture?
‘What’s wrong with… Dancing About Architecture?’, a series of guest talks dedicated to the noble art of music journalism, kicked off on Monday 17 January with a lecture by internationally renowned critic Everett True.
Speaking to a packed lecture theatre, the writer who gained huge notoriety for his early work on Nirvana and the Seattle Grunge scene, talked openly to students about life on the frontline of the music press, with some stories that could outstrip the most outrageous musicians for sheers rock and roll kudos.
Although originally from Essex, True now resides in Brisbane, Australia where he is a PhD student. He discussed his research into the role of the music critic as tastemaker within online environments, as well talking about as his active support for all forms of alternative and underground press.
Everett True said: “I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Solent’s students. They asked some really insightful questions and proved that they are as interested in thinking about writing about music as they in writing about it.”
After the talk Popular Music Journalism student Ian Easton exclaimed, “Everett True is a total legend.
His stories were fantastic and I learned so much from hearing him talk. I think it says a lot about Solent’s close links with industry that they managed to get
The rest of the lecture series promises to be just as insightful for students and staff alike. Guests include one-time NME staff writer and current editor (and co-founder) of Rock’s Back Pages, Barney Hoskyns; Mail on Sunday music critic David Bennun; NME features editor James McMahan; DJ Magazine staff writer and researcher for the Queen biopic Carl Loben; and renowned freelance music journalist and author, Stevie Chick.
Series organiser Dr Martin James, Course Leader BA (hons) Popular Music Journalism, said: “It’s great that through our strong links with industry students get the chance to hear about all areas of music journalism activity, as well as hear amazing stories from the people who have experienced these things first hand.”
The lecture series title is lifted from the saying attributed to Elvis Costello that suggested “writing about music is like dancing about architecture… It’s a really stupid thing to want to do”. The remaining schedule of guests asking the question
“What’s wrong with… Dancing About Architecture?” is as follows:
Jan 31: James McMahan (former NME features Editor) talking about freelancing as a music journalist.
Feb 14: Barney Hoskyns (Rock’s Back Pages) discussing how to Interview rock and pop stars.
Feb 21: Carl Loben (DJ staff writer/ researcher Queen biopic) – writing for the specialist music press.
March 14: Stevie Chick (Journalist, editor, author) – producing independent magazines.
March 21: David Bennun (Mail on Sunday music critic) – writing about music for the broadsheet and mainstream press.