September 21, 2008
Paul Grein takes Catharine Hamm to task for denigrating Motown sounds ["Motown -- How Sweet It Is," Letters, Sept. 14]. As great as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the other musicians mentioned by Grein may be, a case can certainly be made that Mozart and Beethoven were even greater artists. Hamm was a bit snide in her comment, but Grein needs to avoid thinking that the music he happens to prefer should be appreciated by everyone. Ed Schoch Westchester
October 26, 1986
Paul Grein was absolutely right on the mark about Julio Iglesias ("Iglesias a Lover, Not a Singer," Sept. 27). I noticed that none of the indignant fans who have written to protest Grein's review have refuted any of the criticisms leveled by him (Calendar Letters, Oct. 19 and 12). Instead, they pounced on him for daring to criticize their darling, pointing to Julio's popularity as proof of how wrong Grein is. My friends, popularity is no proof of excellence. If you like Julio, fine, but just don't try to insist that everyone else should, too. As for me, I wouldn't walk around the corner to hear him again.
January 17, 1988
Where does Paul Grein get off saying that Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" won't make it to the Grammys this year ("Grammy Forecast: U2 Faces Stiff Competition," Jan. 10)? They proved to be the hottest group around in '87, despite what the U2 fans think. They showed that they have talent, unlike U2, who sing about politics and try to make "statements." Music fans don't want to sit around and hear about politics--there's enough of that on TV. Bon Jovi shows that they have topics that people can relate to, and enjoy.
July 17, 1988
The truly wonderful thing about pop music is that it allows for anyone . . . absolutely anyone to be a so-called genius. All it takes for one like ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson to qualify is to have some self-flattering, self-proclaimed omniscient Pop Critic declare it to be so ("The Album: Really Good Vibrations," by Paul Grein, July 10). . . and . . . ABRACADABRA! . . . it is. How naive I've been to think that the standard . . . the definition of a musical genius was/is to be found in the works of Beethoven and Mozart.
January 24, 1988
In response to the following: "Grammy Forecast: U2 Faces Stiff Competition," by Paul Grein, Jan. 10); "Who'll Rock Into 21st-Century Hall of Fame?" by Robert Hilburn, Jan. 17; Pop Eye: "Picking the Best of the Worst," by Patrick Goldstein, Jan. 10. The Grammy nominations are out and Grein's predictions were right. As a longstanding, U-2 fan, I wish them success. Mr. Hilburn, after four years of criticism, couldn't you give Duran Duran a few more percent than a 5% chance of making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
November 14, 1999
I'msurprised you'd let Paul Grein's article (Pop Eye, Nov. 7) about the likelihood of Carlos Santana getting some Grammy nominations appear without disclosing that Grein was involved in the Grammy selection process as part of the Grammy screening committee that met Oct. 22 and 23 in Los Angeles. JAY KEITH Sherman Oaks Grein, a freelance writer and member of the 13,000-member recording academy, was one of more than 200 participants in the screening meetings. According to the academy's Web site, "The purpose of screenings is not to make artistic or technical judgments about the recordings, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible and placed in its proper category."