Sunday, August 08, 2010

Let's Talk About Love by Carl Wilson

Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The beauty of this book is that though it is all about Celine Dion, it also works if you swap in whoever happens to be the nadir of cool at any given moment. It is probably the only book-length exploration of what "uncool" actually means, and it turns out the subject is complicated and surprising and not totally flattering to the "cool" in-group accustomed to having all the cultural capital. I brought it along in my back pocket when I went to the Lady Antebellum concert at the Wisconsin Valley Fair, which is maybe a little bit on the nose but whatever.

The arguments are not brand new to anyone following the debates about rockism, but crucially "Let's Talk About Love" is not an anti-rockist polemic, it's an actual exploration of questions about taste, popularity and aesthetics.

Simply one of the greatest books about music ever written. Incredibly well argued and, in the end, deeply felt.

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