Terminated for Reasons of Taste: Other Ways to Hear Essential and Inessential Music
Chuck Eddy is an independent music journalist living in Austin, Texas. Formerly the music editor at the Village Voice and a senior editor at Billboard, he is author of Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism, also published by Duke University Press; The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll: A Misguided Tour Through Popular Music; and Stairway to Hell: The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe.
Conclusion: I Am the World’s Forgettin’ Boy
The conclusion ends the book with a meditation on musical memory and nostalgia as they relate to popular music criticism and historiography. Subjects broached include illusory perceptions of history either falling into a rut or constantly progressing forward toward perfection; the inability in real time to be conclusive about where pop culture stands; the inevitably of forgetfulness, especially for one lacking a sense of smell and perhaps limited in other sensory capacities as well; the passage through accidental mental wormholes upon hearing an even innocuous pop radio hit from one’s distant past; the assumption that Internet-era downloading and iPod-shuffling fold together generations of popular music, which are said to now happily coexist and thereby thwart pop’s further development; and whether rock criticism’s most interesting conversations are in its past.