Programme-controller Ed Baxter told me it was a 15-minute tirade by Tony Herrington (publisher and editor-in-chief of The Wire) on the phone which led to the suspension of my Resonance show. Ed “hasn’t the time” for such “tedious” disputes. My differences (and alliances) with Herrington do go back a long way. He and I were both given our break in music journalism by the late R.D. Cook, editor of The Wire in the mid-80s. We were meant to be “blasts from the North”, something to blow away the cobwebs of conformity and collusion in London. At the time, Tony had a job in Decoy, a Manchester jazz-rock record shop, I was a semi-unemployed jazz-punk “tosher” (hanging around the University without being on a course) in Leeds. However, after 9/11 I fell out with The Wire and ended up leaving the magazine. I felt quite bitter about this as I was previously very comfortable with the “access all areas” brief. In February I read a reader’s letter complaining about today’s excess of “music product” (Wire &hash; 348), and I couldn’t resist attempting a Marxist explanation on Late Lunch. It was quite a mild piece compared to things I’ve said on the show over the last decade, but Resonance shows now go up on SoundCloud, so it was noticed. We posted up one of Tony’s angry emails, but it seems like he’s calmed down and even considering a debate about the issues, so we’ve taken it down. He also found our picture funny, so maybe we can put this spat behind us.
Jacob Bard-Rosenberg: Letter to Ed Baxter / ResonanceFM >>