The InsiderOne Daily Report

  Monday, February 26, 2001

The Other Michael Goldberg

InsiderOne's Michael Goldberg writes: Uh, this is scary. There's another "Michael Goldberg." So what's the big deal? Well, it kinda is a big deal. To me anyway. This guy also writes about music, and you — and I do mean you — could open up some free weekly and read a rave review by "Michael Goldberg" of some album I happen to hate. Not only that, you'll hate it if you go buy it and listen to it, and you'll think I wrote the review. When you're disappointed in the album you've spent your dough on, who will you blame? Me. So next time you see my byline on a piece I really did write, you might skip it, 'cause of that other guy's review. And that's not the end of it. What if this guy is a total ass? He could be a saint, but what if he isn't? What if he contacts people in the music business who think it's me, and then he does something stupid or obnoxious or crass? People could be taking his calls, thinking I was calling. See what I mean? Now, I believe that he signs the things he writes "Michael A. Goldberg," which I don't (although my middle initial is "A"). So if you come across anything bylined "Michael A. Goldberg," I didn't write it. You're certainly welcome to read it; just don't think of me when you do. Perhaps this guy is doing this to purposely confuse you. Is he riding on my coattails? Is he leaning on my rep? Questions, questions. I think he needs to change his name. Don't you? I mean, I think I've earned the right to use "Michael Goldberg" in the music-writin' arena. Actually, I'd say in the writin' arena. (Maybe I'll decide to write a book about movies or something.) It's not outlandish to ask him to change his name, at least his writing name. What if his name happened to be "Tom Wolfe"? Would he publish using that name? This isn't an ego thing. It's a matter of having spent a few decades building a reputation, so that when a person is reading articles or reviews or columns about music and sees the name "Michael Goldberg," they kinda know what they're gonna get. They can trust that they're gonna get something of a certain quality, that the facts are gonna be accurate, and the opinions expressed come from a person (me) who's listened to a lot of music for a lot of years and knows what he's talking about. Now I've never read anything by this other person who's using my name (I saw his name in the list of people who voted in the Village Voice critic's poll, right after my own name). His writing could be brilliant! But it's not my writing, and I wouldn't want anyone thinking that it was. Change your name, dude. I'm only gonna ask you nice once.

Datastream: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' next album is titled No More Shall We Part and will be released April 10. It's been four years since Cave and company's last album of new material, The Boatman's Call. Produced by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Tony Cohen at Abbey Road Studios last fall, the new album's 12 songs include the title track, "As I Sat Sadly by Her Side,' "God Is in the House," "Gates to the Garden" and "Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow." Anna and Kate McGarrigle guest on several songs. On first listen, No More Shall We Part comes across as a powerful, emotionally rich work. Cave will play a handful of U. S. dates in March. He's at Chicago's Park West March 22 and 23, L.A.'s Wiltern March 25, San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts March 26 and 27, Denver's Paramount Theater March 28 and Seattle's Paramount Theater March 29. ... The February issue of our favorite music magazine, The Wire, contains an editorial entitled "Declaration of Independence," signed by the new owners of the magazine, who also happen to be the six current full-time staff members. "Ownership of The Wire by the people who actually work to produce the thing month in, month out represents the best possible news for both the magazine and its readers," they write." ...We remain committed to a global perspective on the music of our time; our content is never driven by PR or the bottom line; and we refuse to underestimate the intelligence of our readers." The Wire consistently covers important, though often not popular, artists.

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