Let's be clear, this is the "artiste" discussed in the essay:
If 15 minutes of the same 3 chords with often out of tune humming along is your thing, then have at
it. Many people play acoustic guitar into a portable home recorder. Very few of those recordings are
worth hearing. Almost none of them are worth canonized as "undiscovered gold."
I understand the frustration with modern commercialized popular music, but the modern impulse (often
by younger writers with little historical perspective, writers "born digital" and raised on digital
pop music glop) to "discover" performers from what is glorified as a "wonderful past," many of whom
don't really deserve to be canonized, is annoying. It seems to be an academic, navel-gazing pursuit.
And, it smacks of ignorance, of not listening to enough commercially-released music from the same
time periods. That sort of listening will often reveal that there were many excellent examples in
the selected genre, musicians who could actually play and thus make commercially viable recordings.
-- Tom Fine
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Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 6:35 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Records Ruin the Landscape
> The link below is an excerpt (published in WIRE magazine) from David Grubb's
> upcoming book called "Records Ruin The Landscape".
> I thought it might be of interest to some ARSCLIST members, as it explores
> the implications of recorded material from an earlier era that only finds an
> audience much later than it was created.