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I just got this crazy idea.
Here in this forum we are people from a lot of different countries. We could get together and arrange a critics poll in every country possible. If we do it seriously and simultaneously in many countries we could achieve many things.
1. we would collect a huge amount of interesting results
2. the AM lists would "improve" a lot
3. AM would get attention worldwide
What do you think? Am I crazy?
Some critics might like to write about their favorites and permit that their quotes are going to be posted on AM. That would really enhance the website! The critics are used to get paid for their writings but for some it might be ok just to get their names published (and popularized).
Are you proposing that each contact AM'er some critics of his country to ask for a list of your favorite albums or songs?
I think we can try
It's a slightly crazy idea, but I think it's worth giving a shot. It would be very interesting to compare the results from a worldwide critics poll to the current AM Top 3000 albums. And yes, it would be a first such poll which would no doubt give this site more exposure.
It shouldn't be too difficult to find addresses or email addresses of the publications/websites that publish year-end lists from each of the countries. A good starting point might be to send a carefully worded email or letter to these publications, asking their critics to participate in the poll. The number of participants might not be massive the first time round, but a first poll might grab some attention and a second poll a year or two later could consequently result in a larger amount of participants.
Just an idea, Henrik, but what about providing a list of publications/websites from each country that published year-end lists at the end of last year? That way you could ask for volunteers from each country to research addresses and email addresses.
I think it's crazy, but then again, so is wasting hours of time listing your favorite songs in order.
I personally don't know any critics, but I like the idea.
Sounds like a lot of fun actually. I actually am a professional critic (I write for PopMatters), so this should be interesting.
Then Penguin could make known Acclaimed Music in
Popmatters citing this website in any of your items.
"Acclaimed Music is very prestigious. Only the great critics, such as Penguin, will be invited to the biggest music poll that has never been done."
Great idea. Quite ambitious, but that only makes it interesting.
If we are going to do this, I agree we should go all the way.
This is a great idea. I'd love to see more individual critic's opinions, which would likely be a lot more interesting than the consensus poll of many publications. I'm sure that critics for some of the smaller websites/publications would be willing to participate if we could find a way to contact them.
Well, in fact I know the two most important rock critics in Valencia, Eduardo Guillot and Juan Vitoria, both writers of the Rockdelux staff among other publications. In fact I contacted Eduardo to show our poll during the year and he liked it a lot, especially the 1900-1949 one.
I could try to contact both and probably they could send to me their personal lists. Juan Vitoria in fact wrote two wonderful books with his own lists, “Los 100 mejores discos del Rock” and “Discos ocultos” (by the way, Henrik, I sent you those lists long ago but I think you didn’t include it, should I post them in the critics list section?). Eduardo Guillot has published also many excellent books about music and movies and even some that combines both like “Rock en el cine” or “¡Rock, acción!”.
So, Henrik, probably I could get lists from the two of them but maybe they could not obtain votes enough to make a big poll from Spanish critics. I could tell them but I’m afraid that if it’s not part of the super big poll involving critics from many parts of the world (that Henrik has in mind) probably they refuse to make such an effort.