Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Only rock'n'roll

A Vice writer, Emma Garland, has noticed that the nominees for British Artist of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards are all blokes - and she's not happy. The winners, "as voted for by a BBC Music panel as well as leading music journalists" will be announced live on Thursday night.

Her last para is pretty feisty - the whole thing is worth a read.

The sad thing is, 2014 has actually been a great year for British music, and it’s a shame that it never gets the proper representation it deserves. With women completely erased from the musical landscape, The BBC Music Awards will be the funeral of mainstream British culture; with an elegy read by Chris Evans as panels of critics and tastemakers slowly lower the body deeper into the ground to be pissed on by Catfish and the Bottlemen.

I was reminiscing the other day about the seminal and transparent NME Poll Winners shows at Wembley Arena, which featured the Beatles in 1963. 1964 and 1965. They were hosted by Keith Fordyce (Lincoln School and Emmanuel, Cambridge) who seemed old to me as I watched on tv. He was mid thirties then. Chris Evans is 48.

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