Mounting a history of that dysfunctional beast known as rock 'n' roll journalism is probably impossible. The field is plagued by self-aggrandizing guru-dom (hallo, Robert "Consumer Guide" Christgau), near-unintelligible academia-speak (Greil "Doctor of Letters" Marcus), perpetual grudge-holding (Richard "I Coulda Been a Contender" Meltzer), and even -- not to put too fine a point on it -- death (Lester Bangs), meaning that egos and revisionism hold sway over objective anecdotal reporting. But British author Paul Gorman, despite some comments along the lines of "this is no dust-dry account, nor it is a chin-stroking debate on 'whither the music press in the digital age?'", obviously wants his version of the rise and fall of the U.S. and U.K. music press from the late '50s to the present... More >>>