Monday, April 19, 2004

No single work of art can appeal to everyone
Further reading to today's column on the trials and tribulations of Diana Krall and Fiona Apple.

Former Times music critic John Rockwell in a piece last week:
"Elitist pop-culture critics must, in the end, be mindful of what large numbers of people actually see and read and listen to. Because the underlying mythology of pop culture is still the idea that the approval of large numbers of people validates that culture and the society that produces it. If something is truly loved by millions of people, it has touched those people, has tapped into some stream of universality that indicates a life force attenuated in more elitist art."

Paul Wells beats the rest of the Canadian press to the punch with this profile in today's Maclean's:
"At first there was only a sensitive woman racked with loss and groping for a way forward. It was May 2002 when Adella Krall finally succumbed to cancer. A month later, two of Krall's most cherished musical mentors, singer Rosemary Clooney and bassist Ray Brown, died within days of each other. What do you do when loss follows loss like the waves of some horrible storm? Like so many of us, Krall went home."

The Jon Brion piece from Rolling Stone that explains the black hole Fiona Apple has fallen into.

And a sampling of The Globe and Mail's greatest hits in the War on Norah.

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