Full of vibrant enthusiasm to visit the David Bowie exhibition that’s just opened, I discovered earlier that a commentary on the music of one of the most creative, challenging and inventive musicians of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been provided by …er, Howard Goodall.
Now, I may be wrong here, but I can immediately think of at least four or five cultural commentators whose insights and observations on Bowie I would value. Former NME writer Tony Parsons’ Dispatches from the front-line of popular culture must be required reading for anyone interested in, or interested in writing about, pop music. Was he away when the phone rang with the invitation ? Was Phil Jupitus out ? Alexis Petridis ? Alex Ross, even ?
Actually, I can think of at least four or five other people whose views I would prefer to those of Mr Dull As F*@k. Three of them are dead….and the other is my toilet-brush.
Still, it won’t put me off going to see the exhibition. Thankfully… Whom would you have chosen ?