Jim Carroll

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OTR column – Leonard Cohen and the hacks

Would the genius of Cohen be lost in the noise of modern music journalism’s clickbait and listicles?

Fri, Nov 18, 2016, 13:54


You’ll find this week’s On the Record column from The Ticket here. “Reading those interviews with Cohen one more time is a powerful reminder that music journalism itself has changed utterly in recent times. What now passes for this business bears little resemblance to what it was when Cohen headed up to Mount Baldy in search of Zen, and you have to wonder if this change, like many such changes, is really for the better. The quest for width and depth has gone. Sure, you still get lengthy, insightful interviews and features in publications such as this one and elsewhere, but they’re the exception rather than the rule.”