The Earl Grey Whistle Test: Dancing About Architecture
Music journalist and broadcaster Mark Ellen reflects on the problems faced by writers trying to find a suitable vocabulary to describe music.
Programme 2 in The Earl Grey Whistle Test, a series of Essays by David Hepworth and Mark Ellen, considers the tricky business of describing music in print. From Philip Larkin and Jack Kerouac, through Nick Kent and Charles Shaar Murray, many great writers have tried. More recently, reviewers describe the looks or the social lives of musicians because their readers can stream or download the music before they can write about it. Magazine editor and broadcaster Mark Ellen reflects on the art and craft of music criticism in Dancing About Architecture.