Alex Ross introduces himself. His New Yorker/NYT articles on Popular music.
Postscript: From the article on Radiohead
He picked through some LPs and CDs, putting on Brad Mehldau.
Post-postscript: And from the one on Academic studies of Rock Music,
When Pink Floyd sang, “We don’t need no education,” they could not have foreseen the advent of research projects with titles like 'Another Book in the Wall?: A Cultural History of Pink Floyd’s Stage Performance and the Rise of Audiovisual Gesamtkunstwerk, 1965-1994.' (That comes from Finland.)
And I bailed on a lecture entitled “Bruce’s Butt”—Bruce Springsteen’s butt, as seen on the cover of “Born in the U.S.A.”—when the speaker began to interrogate the image of the butt, which, under sharp questioning, wouldn’t give anything away.