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October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | 2 Comments | Filed in Criticism, Music

I was an art critic in college, writing for the Indiana Daily Student 1979-82. I loved music when I went to college and had dreamed of going to music school. As a freshman at Indiana University, I took about half of the freshman music program and studied trumpet privately with William Adam, one of the best trumpet teachers in the world at the time.

IU is a world-class music school, and I got to see first-hand the talent of future symphony and jazz musicians and top music educators. That was not who I was.

I realized how much I liked to research, read, and write. I combined my knowledge of and interest in music by writing for the school paper, the best student-run paper in the country at the time. I wrote for the arts section, where the real writers worked, not the news section. I was a snob, and at times I wrote like one.

I remember reading Ralph J. Gleason, a legendary journalist and Rolling Stone co-founder, on criticism. Here are some of the pieces I wrote.

Review of records by DNA and XTC.

Modern dance review by the Dancing Cigarettes.

Concert review and interview with the Ramones!

Concert review of fusion jazz band MX80.

Concert review of Toots and the Maytals written in stream of consciousness style and as much like Tom Wolfe as I could manage. More on that in the Features post.

Book review of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Curse of Lono. I wanted to write like Thompson, too. Again, more in Features.