I don't know about you, but the Rock Canon has always meant very little to me. A single, monolithic arbiter of taste designed, seemingly, to preserve the white, male rock hegemony by favouring only the studio album. Thakfully these days it doesn't hold as much sway and we're all out here sharing our tastes, histories and foibles regardless of how cool they are - or were...
This is mine. I'm calling it The List. Having read books and blogs such as The 143, Love is a Mixtape, 100 Unhip Albums and 31 Songs I wanted to put together a subjective canon that reflects my love of music in an un-ranked, non-comprehensive way. It will include albums, compilations, Best Ofs, EPs, film soundtracks and anything else that I consider essential. I don't care about the format, I'm in it for the joy of brilliant music.
I'll do a post per 'record', as often as I'm able. Once I've added a post to the blog it'll be linked to below forming The List. It seems unlikely I'll ever write about every album that means something to me - partially, I hope, because the number of albums that do will continue to grow. That said, I hope you can come on the journey with me as long as it lasts. And just maybe you'll find something new to love along the way.
If you're doing anything similar, or know anyone who is/has I hope you'll share it with me. You can find me on Twitter.
Thanks for reading.
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