Wednesday, 19 December 2012

'2012: A Year In Music Journalism'

For those who have arrived at this (undernourished, old-fashioned looking) blog via my novels, you may not know that I also work as a freelance journalist predominantly writing about music, but also - on occasion - literature, the arts, nature and so forth.

For those who are here because of my music writing: hello.

I can't speak for other journalists, but it is a tough time for the profession.

Wikileaks, the phone-hacking scandal (I once interned at News of the World under Rebekah Brooks and Piers Morgan - another story), the subsequent Leveson enquiry, social media's role in events such as the Arab Spring, the all-pervading culture of 'everything for free' (including workers / content) - has changed the role of journalism, for better and worse, in recent years in more ways than anyone could have imagined.

Just as Instagram has made everyone a photographer so too the internet has made everyone a journalist.

The music business has also changed beyond all recognition since I first got paid for expressing my diabolical opinions in Melody Maker in 1996. Beyond all recognition. Yet still somehow I still get asked to express these opinions in a number of publications, and sometimes to talk to rock and pop stars and write down the conversations too. Often these are in the form of magazine features, and sometimes as biogrpahies and promotional material artist's own use.

It's a ridiculous business, an endless struggle, a financial vortex yet - but I love it.

This is a shorter list than previous years but here is a quick round-up of my freelance activity in 2012, conducted between long stints working on two new novels.

Publications and websites written for:

Mojo, The Guardian, BBC website, Caught By The River, Classic Rock, The Big Issue, Prog, Metal Hammer, V festival, Download festival, Rock's Back Pages, Wilderness festival, Culture Vultures, The Quietus, The Gordon Burn Trust, New Media Now, Discipline In Disorder.

Albums reviewed
New Age Steppers
The Ramones
Jeffrey Lee Pierce tribute
Gallon Drunk
The Offspring
Gentle Giant
The Who
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
The Cravats
Dark Horses
Jah Wobble / Keith Levene
Viv Albertine
Rolo Tomassi
Massive Attack
Bad Brains
Rage Against The Machine
Pure Love
The Scantharies
Pig Iron
Julian Cope
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats
Darren Hayman
Troubled Horse
Year Of The Goat
Danko Jones
Dutch Uncles
Cult Of Luna
Talk Talk

Artists interviewed
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta / At The Drive-In)
Arrows Of Love
Paije Richardson
Black Veil Brides
Biffy Clyro
More Goodness
Born Blonde
Beth Ditto (The Gossip)
Serj Tankian
Professor Green
Pixie Lott
The Bots
I.R.O.K. (Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo)
Bell Witch
Pete Molinari
Field Music

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