As Reviews Editor of the UK’s Uncut magazine since 2015, as well as a regular cover feature writer, Tom Pinnock is in charge of one of the most vital sources of contemporary musical criticism in one of the world’s most influential markets, selecting the month’s most important new albums and reissues, as well as the writers to cover them. Wyndham Wallace, who’s written for Uncut since 2004, speaks to him about how criticism has changed in the digital age, the fate of print publications, what shapes his choices for the pages, what he’s looking for from his writers, and whether there’s still a place for critics when music is instantly available at our fingertips, allowing us to make judgements of our own. Along the way, there will also be talk of how he ended up becoming a music critic, and how others can join him in their ranks.
Tom Pinnock is a British music journalist, currently reviews editor and writer at Uncut magazine. Previously a news reporter and sub-editor at NME, where he interviewed Amy Winehouse and shook Paul McCartney's hand, he's now responsible for commissioning and editing Uncut's extensive reviews section each month, interviewing artists and writing features and reviews. In addition, Tom compiles Uncut's free covermount CD each month, including their recent album of Bob Dylan covers featuring Low, Richard Thompson, Fatoumata Diawara and more. He's also written liner notes for boxsets by some of his favourite artists, including Michael Rother and Super Furry Animals.
Wyndham Wallace is a Berlin-based writer whose critically acclaimed first book, Lee, Myself & I – about his work and friendship with Lee Hazlewood, the man behind These Boots Are Made For Walking – was published in 2015. He started his career working as a music publicist in the mid 1990s, before running City Slang Records’ UK office for eight years but, following his move to Germany, began focussing on writing and is now in charge of new album reviews at Classic Pop, as well as a regular contributor to Uncut and elsewhere. In addition, he subtitles German films for English audiences, writes guidebooks about remote Norwegian destinations, and also worked as music consultant on Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria, for which composer Nils Frahm won a German Film Award. Wallace can be seen fronting the documentary Almost Fashionable: A Film About Travis, which won the 2018 Edinburgh Film Festival Audience Award.