Thursday, November 16, 2006

O Pioneer

Posted on Thu, Nov 16, 2006 at 4:01 PM

I read the obituary today of what sounds like a fascinating woman. Ellen Willis, known as a rock critics' rock critic, died Thursday, Nov. 9 in New York City.

Robert Christgau said: â??Iâ??ve never met anyone in my life who generated as many ideas in a day as Ellen.â?�

She became the first pop-music critic at The New Yorker, under William Shawn. She began in 1968, at the age of 26.

Rolling Stone's Joe Levy Xeroxed her articles and distributed them to friends.

New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones says, "Ellen Willis' work is sort of a major unreleased album in rock criticism. This is not a minor body of work."

I can't believe I had never heard of her until now.


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