Michael Azerrad

#63759 Michael Azerrad

When you're writing, you're only a brain and some fingers, but drumming, you're involving all four limbs, and you're hearing stuff and you're converting your ideas into physical motions, getting physical feedback from things you are touching - it's pretty cool. It's a really a nice contrast to writing. .

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#63760 Michael Azerrad

Bon Jovi's trick is to use heavy-metal chords and still sound absolutely safe. Rock & roll used to be rebellion disguised as commercialism; now so much of it is commercialism disguised as rebellion. .

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I have this theory, bands with enigmatic lyrics attract crazies. .

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For Nirvana, putting out their first major-label record was like getting into a new car. But the runaway success was like suddenly discovering that the car was a Ferrari and the accelerator pedal was Krazy Glued to the floorboard. .

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#63763 Michael Azerrad

The online musical universe has become Balkanized, with many sites focusing on minute niches. That works well for reaching very specific demographics, which is wonderful for advertising, but it flies in the face of the common wisdom that people's tastes have become more diverse as music of any description has become a mouse-click away. .

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#63764 Michael Azerrad

Ten percent of the American population thinks that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Those are the people that have not learned the skill of filtering information from the vast barrage of inaccurate information that we're all faced with everyday. I think that's a very 21st century skill. .

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There's no glamour in Nirvana, no glamour at all, in fact. .

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#63766 Michael Azerrad

A lot of music fans are still interested in insightful perspectives on music - maybe even more interested than ever, since everyone needs help making sense of the incredible variety of sounds that have sprung up in the wake of the Internet revolution. There's a lot of room for unique, qualified voices who can provide good reads. .

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#63767 Michael Azerrad

Back in the day, in '91 or so, I tried to interview Fugazi for Rolling Stone, which the band felt stood for everything they detested about corporate infiltration of music. They said, 'We'll do the interview if you give us a million dollars of cash in a suitcase.' Which was their way of saying no. .

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#63768 Michael Azerrad

Naturally, no one knows more about music than musicians. They talk about their own work all the time, but they rarely get to talk about other people's music. .

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#63769 Michael Azerrad

I really believe in the power of music - and I mean literally the power of musical tones - to rearrange the way you can think. .

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#63770 Michael Azerrad

As a journalist, I'm not supposed to be the subject, but as an author, I'm fair game - another ingredient in the media soup. .

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#63771 Michael Azerrad

Nine Inch Nails' sound is dominated by clanging synths and sardonic, shrieking vocals. .

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#63772 Michael Azerrad

There's a whole apparatus for indie bands now, but back in the eighties it was just getting built. The early people really took it on the chin. .

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#63773 Michael Azerrad

I'm always very careful to make the distinction between music criticism and music journalism. A lot of people don't. But criticism doesn't require reporting. You can write criticism at home in your underwear. On the other hand, journalism takes legwork - you have to get out there and see things and talk to people. .

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#184446 Michael Azerrad

When youre writing, youre only a brain and some fingers, but drumming, youre involving all four limbs, and youre hearing stuff and youre converting your ideas into physical motions, getting physical feedback from things you are touching - its pretty cool. Its a really a nice contrast to writing. .

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