On Jonathan Gold After His Passing
L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold, who died Saturday at the age of 57, championed the under-covered, the misunderstood, the segregated and the sidelined. Throughout the 1980s he wrote about fledgling music acts that pop’s established critics had otherwise ignored or failed to realize existed. He considered N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Young MC, W.A.S.P. and Guns ‘n’ Roses with the same intensity and deep thought that he later displayed as a food critic writing about Glendale’s Armenian dinner clubs or Pioneer Boulevard’s curry houses.
“He was such a brilliant thinker, and he cared about so many things that he could have been a prize-winning journalist if he had done any of a dozen things,” said former Times pop music critic and L.A. institution Robert Hilburn, who was also music editor when Gold arrived at the paper in 1989. “He could have been as groundbreaking in music as he is in food because he was always looking for the underdog, the unexpected, turning things around in a different way. He never just came back with a routine review.”
From “Before there was food, Jonathan Gold was a groundbreaking music critic” by Lorraine Ali for the L.A. Times; Photo from the L.A. Times
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