Oh, The World of Culture: Hot Chicks, Dumb Critics

Chris Robinson Belts It Out

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Have you ever wondered if the purveyors of popular culture are as vapid as the culture they promote?

Now, we have an answer courtesy of the entertainingly high-gloss and low-brow Maxim, one of America’s top selling magazines. From the magazine which brings you such highly popular online search categories as Girls, Video, Sexy Time and Stupid Fun, along with their culture articles and reviews, comes a new low in the profession of critics.

As posted in Fest News, from the Associated Press story, Maxim reviewed the new Black Crowes CD, Warpaint, due out at the beginning of March. Maxim’s reviewer, David Peisner, wrote that the band’s work is not much of a step forward and nailed the CD with only two and a half stars out of five.

Here’s the catch: the reviewer has never heard the CD. Oops!

As posted on their own site, Peter Angelus, BC’s manager, responds:

Maxim’s actions seem to completely lack journalistic integrity and intentionally mislead their readership.   When confronted with the fact that they never heard the album they are claiming to ‘review’ in their music section-with a star rating, no less-they attempt to explain that it was an ‘educated guess.’ In an email correspondence, Maxim went on to state: ‘Of course, we always prefer to (sic) hearing music, but sometimes there are big albums that we don’t want to ignore that aren’t available to hear, which is what happened with the Crowes. It’s either an educated guess preview or no coverage at all, so in this case we chose the former.

Well, at least it was an educated guess!

Maxim’s not alone in the category of Critics in the News, or Critics as the News, but they sure have put themselves at the top of the list — for now.

In the meantime, you can catch The Black Crowes at the upcoming festivals East Coast Blues Roots Music and the Riverbend Festival, during their international tour.

- Bill Reichblum

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