The Lily White Land of Indie Rock

by alphamonkey on October 19, 2007 · 0 comments

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Indie RockThe New Yorker’s music columnist Sasha Frere-Jones turned in a rather damning (to him, at least) portrait of modern indie rock as a soulless and soul-free land of uber-whiteness, while Slate’s Carl Wilson responds with a column that effectively knocks down Jones reasoning, if not exact the premise.

Both of these articles are worth reading, if for nothing more than to watch how difficult it is to pin race and influence with any real accuracy. Wilson more accurately paints the indie-rock landscape’s marked lack of soulfullness and hip-hop as a result of class divide, rather than racial divide, but I think both author’s are looking too deeply for some kind of socio-political reasoning.

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