Rated a solid 7/10.
"The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art."Piero Scaruffi
(born 1955) is an Italian cognitive scientist but also a self-described author, poet, cultural historian, music historian, film historian, political commentator, visual artist, lecturer, software consultant and entrepreneur
. Among internet music and film buffs he's recognized for his insanely comprehensive
database that features biographies and ratings for 8,000 musicians
, some hundred film directors, writers and visual artists.
In the blogosphere, he's particularly infamous and partially reduced
on his controversial essay on The Beatles
(see opening quote). Because of his frequently contrarian opinions on otherwise universially acclaimed music, he aquired a cult following
among internet music fans.
Tropes associated with Scaruffi:
- Author Filibuster: His essay on the Beatles.
- Banned in China: His website, he insists that he did nothing in particular to offend them.
- Due to that, he's became an adamant critic of Mainland China and appeals for boycotting China-produced goods.
"The mighty president of China is afraid of piero scaruffi [sic]."
- Bias Steamroller: A noted example. He ranks the genres jazz, classical music and avantgarde rock miles above anything else in music, especially pop.
- Bilingual Bonus: His website largely is written in both Italian and English, the English version sometimes being a very short summary instead of a proper translation.
- Broke the Rating Scale: He doesn't give ratings to far-out experimental, classical and jazz music.
- Caustic Critic: And how.
Scaruffi: "Rock critics are often totally ignorant of the rock music of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that the Beatles did anything worth of being saved."
- Celebrity Resemblance: He looks a lot like Dan Brown.
- Four Point Scale: Averted. He never gave a perfect score, and most of his ratings fall into the 5-7 range.
- He Also Did: While being known as a cultural critic on the internet, he's in fact a successful entrepreneur and neuroscientist.
- He also loves travelling and is a political commentator.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his polemic opinions, he recommends charity, is a Free-Tibet activist and has friends all over the world due to his extensive travelling.
- Large Ham: Subverted. His infamously pompous diction on his website and his Italian origin (see the clishee described in the Large Ham article) indicates that he could be quite hammy in Real Life, but he's actually quite a reserved guy as you can see in his lectures.
- Last Name Basis: Most people refer to him simply as Scaruffi.
- Only Sane Man: His rants on professional music criticism.
Scaruffi: "Rock critics are still blinded by commercial success."
Scaruffi: "The vast majority of critics are more interested in getting free promos from labels than in telling their readers the truth, and the best way to get on a label's mailing list is to help publicists sell the label's music."
- One of Us: Scaruffi is a pioneer of internet-based amateur music criticism. His website went online in 1998 and traces back to the 80s.
- Renaissance Man: He has considerable knowledge and reputation both as a neuroscientist and a cultural critic. Also a self-described poet and artist.
- It should be noted that the term is sometimes used tongue-in-cheek by his fans to describe his broad database.
- Serious Business: He accuses Beatles' fans of being like religious fundamentalists.
- Straw Critic: Frequently accused of that, since he prefers Darker and Edgier experimental music.