Now he's 52. He is RIDICULOUSLY woke. He is in the acadenmia, teaching "XX century music" at the country's top university.
He only listens to gangsta rap and punk.
When he writes something about other kinds of music, it's literally "X is shit". The Beatles are shit, The Swans are shit, Nick Cave is shit, Prog rock is shit, etc. He adheres to the "everything is political" maxim, so all music talk boils down to politics. I just can't handle that anymore.
Another side of the story is that the only girlfriend I had in my life had been clinically obsessed with him for 10 years, despite never having seen him in person. That never damaged our friendship, but talking about HIM, THE IDEAL MAN every day was exhausting. She is no longer in my life, and since I get nothing out of knowing him at 52 besides frustration, I see no harm in burning bridges.
His academic writing is still great, although it has nothing in common with his early journalism.