Barryfest v. Wikipedia // Rotary Downs
When taking on the arduous task of editing Wikipedia, one is faced with a draconian and arbitrary editorial process, hyper-specific technological codes and an altogether baffling insider culture. If you haven’t done your research, learned how to tailor citations to meet certain ambiguous yet rigid criteria or developed a neutral voice, you might as well quit. By the same token, even if you’ve mastered Wikispeak, perfected the art of navigating Wikipedia’s difficult reference guidelines and honed your journalistic writing style, you still have an uphill battle to avoid speedy deletion.
But it is a fight worth fighting, and one that fits with our mission to document the music of New Orleans (and beyond). So we have set out to create, edit and update Wikipedia entries for as many noteworthy, important and deserving New Orleans artists as possible. In this edition we’ve revamped the existing entry for greatest band in the universe Rotary Downs, reformatting the citations as well as adding a much-needed information block and a link association with Lafayette Indie Pop group GIVERS via former Rotary member Tiffany Lamson.
Rotary Downs is a two time winner of the “Best Rock Band” category at Gambit Weekly‘s Big Easy Music Awards.NPR‘s Morning Edition considers them “outsider artists” and characterized their 2007 album Chained To The Chariot as “a stunning collection of psychedelic art-pop songs that play like brilliant mash-ups of Neutral Milk Hotel and Odelay-era Beck“.
If you would like to help us in our noble quest, all you have to do is visit the newly created/updated pages and use Wikipedia’s page rating system to evaluate the articles’ trustworthiness, objectivity and completeness.