Pitchfork goes Print und veröffentlicht am 11. November ihren „Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present“, darin schreiben sie in Essays und Reviews über die 500 besten Songs des modernen Pop.
Kicking it off in 1977 with the birth of punk and independent music, The Pitchfork 500 runs chronologically, with each chapter representing a distinct period and offering a narrative of how the musical landscape of the day influenced its artists. The book opens with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Kraftwerk, and Brian Eno, the “art-rock godfathers” who set the tone and tenor for the next thirty years, and wraps up in the present, when bands connect with new audiences through social networking sites and prime-time TV placements—and when a single mp3 can turn a niche indie artist into a global sensation. Sidebars like “Yacht Rock,” “Runaway Trainwrecks,” “Nanofads,” and “Career Killers” call out some far-from-classic musical trends and identify the guiltiest offenders.
Modernizing the music-guide format, The Pitchfork 500 reflects the way listeners are increasingly process- ing music—by song rather than by album. These 500 tracks condense thirty years of essential music into the ultimate chronological playlist, each song advancing the narrative and, by extension, the music itself.