Performing trust, performing truth: Exploring the borders between popular music criticism and scholarship

Thackray, Jeremy & Carfoot, Gavin (2016) Performing trust, performing truth: Exploring the borders between popular music criticism and scholarship. Popular Music. (In Press)

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In this article we examine music criticism and popular music scholarship as different types of performance, defined by contrasting notions of trust and truth. In effective and engaging music criticism, the critic performs alongside the feel, rhythm, emotion and excitement of music in a way that we trust to be true. In contrast, expectations of truth in academic writing de-emphasise the ways that the scholar evokes trust through performative acts of self and subjectivity. In order to better understand and challenge these distinctions between criticism and scholarship, we draw on examples from Thackray’s 30-year career as professional music critic Everett True. Through his work for NME, Melody Maker and in web environments, Thackray’s work illustrates how criticism can challenge the boundaries between writers, artists and audiences, and how performative approaches to trust and truth contribute to the positioning of critics as musical authorities and intellectuals.

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ID Code: 96907
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: popular music, criticism, journalism, performance, rock music
ISSN: 1474-0095
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2016 22:43
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 03:49

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