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.
Introduction: Sold a Decade at a Time
This introduction very briefly touches on changes that have occurred in popular music, the music industry, and music criticism within the past several decades, and sums up how they will be addressed in the larger manuscript. It also includes a fanciful rundown of heretofore uncharted musical genres that may or may not be imaginary: “proto-Eurodisco bongo-rock, German reggae, danceable prog, hair-extension metal, Gregorian garage, boogie-oogied country, stoner glam, industrial bubblegum” and the like.