I have always celebrated the work of the New Journalists of the 1960s as having reinvigorated reporting, rather than circumventing it. Unfortunately, as recent scandals involving Gay Talese and Rolling Stone have shown, there can be a thin line between gonzo style and old-fashioned tabloid sensationalism. I recently commented on these ethical issues for The Washington Post and Salon.
Thank you to Scott Timberg for asking me my thoughts about “The Lost Girls” for Salon. You can read the Q&A here.
The Summer Festival Sausage Fest
Abby Johnston wrote a great article for Salon about the tesosterone overdrive of summer festival lineups, and I’m not saying that just because she quotes me. It’s patently absurd that these festivals reflect not the makeup of the audiences, but the sausage fest of the booking agencies and music industry.
The more I looked into the history of exclusion of women from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the madder I got. Fortunately, Salon allowed me to vent some steam. Did I go too far? Or not far enough?
via The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s women problem – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Salon.com.