Rock critic law : 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music / Michael Azerrad ; with illustrations by Edwin Fotheringham.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Writing about music is hard--and this book proves it 101 times over. It's happened to all of us who read about rock music: you come across a piece about a hot music scene and the writer thinks they're being clever be exclaiming, 'There must be something in the water!' Or maybe a couple of musicians have started a new project that's 'risen from the ashes' of their previous band. There's a million of those dumb things that rock critics say. Well, OK, maybe just a hundred and one. And they're all duly immortalized in legendary rock journalist Michael Azerrad's Rock critic law: 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music. Fed up, in a bemused sort of way, with all these well-worn tropes of the trade, Azerrad began tweeting them with the hashtag #RockCriticLaw, and the author's righteous tirade struck a chord with both readers and writers of rock criticism, who greeted each new dispatch with gales of derisive laughter or self-flagellating mea culpas. Written as a set of inviolable rules to be followed only by the very worst writers, Rock critic law is a wickedly droll exposé of the hackneyed metaphors, knee-jerk clichés and lazy thinking that have long dogged music journalism. In Rock critic law, Azerrad has collected the worst offenders. Merciless, snarky, and loving underneath it all, Rock critic law is redeemed by artwork from OG-Seattle-scenester-turned-renowned-illustrator Edwin Fotheringham. The rock & roll love child of Elements of style and The devil's dictionary, Rock critic law is a unique appreciation of music writing from one of its own"--Back cover.
    • ISBN:
      9780062656506
      0062656503
    • Accession Number:
      2019563529
    • Accession Number:
      ocn972214456
      972214456
    • Accession Number:
      fay.701854
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      AZERRAD, M.; FOTHERINGHAM, E. Rock critic law : 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music. First edition. [s. l.]: Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2018. ISBN 9780062656506. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854. Acesso em: 12 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Azerrad M, Fotheringham E. Rock Critic Law : 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly about Music. First edition. Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854. Accessed July 12, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Azerrad M, Fotheringham E. Rock Critic Law : 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly about Music. First edition. Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow; 2018. Accessed July 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854
    • APA:
      Azerrad, M., & Fotheringham, E. (2018). Rock critic law : 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music (First edition.). Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Azerrad, Michael, and Ed Fotheringham. 2018. Rock Critic Law : 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly about Music. First edition. Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854.
    • Harvard:
      Azerrad, M. and Fotheringham, E. (2018) Rock critic law : 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music. First edition. Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854 (Accessed: 12 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Azerrad, M & Fotheringham, E 2018, Rock critic law : 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music, First edition., Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, viewed 12 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Azerrad, Michael, and Ed Fotheringham. Rock Critic Law : 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly about Music. First edition., Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Azerrad, Michael, and Ed Fotheringham. Rock Critic Law : 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly about Music. First edition. Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Azerrad M, Fotheringham E. Rock critic law : 101 unbreakable rules for writing badly about music [Internet]. First edition. Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow; 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.701854

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 September #1

"When noting the duration of a song or album, you MUST say it 'clocks in at . . .'" What began as a series of tongue-in-cheek #RockCriticLaw tweets by longtime music journalist Azerrad (Our Band Could Be Your Life?, 2002) that lovingly mocked common rock-music writing clichés is now a fully-fledged book, if a gift-sized novelty one. Azerrad blames a variety of factors for rock writers' overreliance on stock phrases: increased workload, literary insecurity, limited reading of only other rock critics. Each "law" is given its own page and original illustration by album-cover-artist Ed Fotheringham, so it's a quick read that will clock in faster than your favorite rock album. Only dedicated readers of Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, and their ilk will be able to fully appreciate sarcastic koans like, "If you know you're supposed to like the album but didn't get it at first, you MUST say it 'rewards repeat listens' and "Why say someone ‘wrote' a song when you can say they ‘penned' it?" A good choice for libraries with a rockin' music section. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.