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Friday, March 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Critics vs. Publicists: Why Must Things Be Contentious?

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While we all pretend our relationships are ultra cordial, there is resentment galore on both sides of the Publicity/Critics axis. Critics complain about getting too many pitches, about miscues in interviews, about not getting the access they request and so on. Publicists feel ignored, get angry when critics request everything and review nothing, when critics insinuate that they'll review a show when they really just want tickets, and so on. Let’s hash out these issues, face to face.


Bill Bentley

Dir A&RVanguard Records
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Bill Holdship

N/ABILL HOLDSHIP is a music journalist, critic and historian, currently based back in his native Michigan. A former editor of CREEM, BAM, New Times LA, Variety, HITS and Detroit Metro Times, among others, he's written for numerous publications, including national rags, websites, city... Read More →
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Kyle Ryan

Managing EditorThe Onion/AV ClubKYLE RYAN is managing editor of The A.V. Club, the pop-culture wing of The Onion. He lives in Chicago and was once sternly admonished by a publicist to "NEVER CONTACT THE ARTIST DIRECTLY."

Traci Thomas

Indie Pub/MgrThirty TigersWorking under the Thirty Tigers umbrella, TRACI THOMAS offers independent publicity to Thirty Tigers' artists and outside clients. The roster is intentionally kept small and diverse so that each project gets the attention it deserves. Her current clients... Read More →
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Heather West

Western PublicityHeather West has over 20 years experience working with musicians as a talent buyer, radio promotions rep, label manager and publicist. A native Texan, she was raised in Austin and spent a decade in New Orleans before moving to Chicago. Owner of Western Publicity... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 17AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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