LOL: Chuck Klosterman’s Chinese Democracy Review


Fans of Chuck Klosterman’s writing (Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota; Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto; Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story), Guns N’ Roses, or just music, need to head over to The A.V. Club and read his review of the new Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy, like IMMEDIATELY.

My favorite part is the opening paragraph:

Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It’s more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? To a rhinoceros? Does its pre-existing mythology impact its actual value, or must it be examined inside a cultural vacuum, as if this creature is no more (or less) special than the remainder of the animal kingdom? I’ve been thinking about this record for 15 years; during that span, I’ve thought about this record more than I’ve thought about China, and maybe as much as I’ve thought about the principles of democracy. This is a little like when that grizzly bear finally ate Timothy Treadwell: Intellectually, he always knew it was coming. He had to. His very existence was built around that conclusion. But you still can’t psychologically prepare for the bear who eats you alive, particularly if the bear wears cornrows.

Here’s “Nightrain” from 1987’s Appetite for Destruction.

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3 responses to “LOL: Chuck Klosterman’s Chinese Democracy Review

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  2. r0ck0n

    haha, I know…that made me laugh out loud too. Chuck Klosterman is truly genius sometimes. Have you read his books? if not, you should! all the hilariousness one man can dish up :-)

    rock on!

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