Ed Sheeran Is Shit

Ev­erett True

Classic Rock - - Reviews - David Stubbs

For­mer NME/Melody Maker jour­nal­ist sur­veys the charred mu­si­cal land­scape.

A some-time mu­sic jour­nal­ist who now runs cour­ses in writ­ing for a liv­ing, Ev­erett True arose from the fanzine world of the mid-80s and that’s where his heart and soul still lie. Not for him the slick, bland im­per­a­tives of mod­ern pub­lish­ing, but rather swear­ing, tear­ing off lumps and tak­ing no prison­ers.

This col­lec­tion of pieces ranges from ex­ple­tive-rid­den tirades against the likes of Ed Sheeran, Billy Cor­gan and Dave Grohl, to more de­tailed live re­views, con­sid­ered and elo­quent ad­vice to aspir­ing crit­ics, a mov­ing and per­sonal trib­ute to AC/DC’s Mal­colm Young, then back to the swear­ing.

His point when stat­ing cat­e­gor­i­cally that, say, Bon Iver is shit is not to so much to ex­plain why as to as­sert that you are al­lowed to say this sort of thing, de­spite a me­dia en­vi­ron­ment in which punk icon­o­clasm has been ren­dered near-ex­tinct.

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