Teaser Tuesdays — “Shallow Rewards: Commentaries on Pop 2005-2012”

“Critiquing the past is a fool’s game — icons are neutered by irony and revisionism, dug up and spat upon by snide pundits — but albums like Secret Messages are exactly the kind of bloated, mortifying excess that justify the practice.”

Ouch. That’s Chris Ott discussing a shelved record by my belovedELO (Electric Light Orchestra, for you knaves). The passage is from his book Shallow Rewards: Commentaries on Pop 2005-2012. Curious?

Here’s a synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:

A compilation of the author’s views on pop music memorabilia and music culture in the digital age.

That was deep, wasn’t it? And that’s exactly what the book is. I don’t know why I bought it. After all, Ott has the gall to emasculate and castigate MY BELOVED ELO. But I actually liked it.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!


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