An Extraordinarily Brief History of Music Journalism

by evanmcmurry

Rolling Stone, upon the release of Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait forty-three years ago, in what is arguably the most famous album review of all time: “What is this shit?”

Rolling Stone, upon the release of the bootlegs from Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait sessions, today: “This two-CD set of previously unissued demos, alternate takes, scrapped arrangements and discarded songs from more than 40 years ago is one of the most important, coherent and fulfilling Bob Dylan albums ever released.” (It goes on like that.)

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