The slow death of Everett True: A metacriticism

Thackray, Jeremy A (2016) The slow death of Everett True: A metacriticism. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In print environments, popular music critics are customarily seen as gatekeepers of ‘cool’ and arbiters of taste. This research project asks whether the same holds true in Web 2.0 environments in which audiences have access to the same sources of information through which critics derive their knowledge, authority, and influence. The investigation is carried out through an act of metacriticism grounded in the researcher’s experience as an internationally successful popular music critic for major print publications including NME, Rolling Stone, and Melody Maker. The thesis concludes that there are four major roles of relevance to the critic in the new media environments: bespoke criticism, music critic as fan, music criticism as entertainment, and the music critic as ‘firestarter’.

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ID Code: 95504
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Graham, Philip, Carfoot, Gavin, & Thomas, Glen
Keywords: music criticism, music journalism, rock criticism, authenticity, Everett True, popular music, music press, fandom, music blogs, rock music
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 27 May 2016 01:06
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2016 23:12

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