Gina Arnold

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Gina Arnold is a rock critic whose articles have appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone and various free weeklies.

She grew up in Palo Alto, California. After attending UCLA for one year, she transferred to UC Berkeley.

She was a frequent contributor to Metro Silicon Valley from 1996 to 2002, including a weekly column named after The Replacements album All Shook Down that ran in 2001 and 2002. Arnold called The Rolling Stones “ugly, lecherous and old” and argued that the “the Replacements have influenced current music much more than the Stones have.” [1]

Arnold has received much criticism from both her fellow critics and the reading public, much of it for claimed factual inaccuracies. SF Weekly writer Dan Strachota stated that three prominent elements of her writing were "fuzzy data, oversimplification, and half-assed reasoning," remarking in the same piece on Arnold's at-times obsessive referencing of Nirvana in her writing by surmising that Arnold's "interest in music seemed to die around the time Kurt Cobain put chrome to lip."[2]

She wrote a book about 1990s alternative rock in "Route 666: On the Road to Nirvana," which was followed by a sequel of sorts, "Kiss This: Punk In The Present Tense". Arnold remains one of the white females to have worked in the field of rock criticism.

In popular culture[edit]

Aroma of Gina Arnold is the opening track of Trumans Water album Spasm Smash XXXOXOX Ox & Ass.


  1. ^ Arnold, Gina (10-02-1997). "A Tale of Two Bands". Metroactive. Metro Silicon Valley. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ SF Weekly, December 6, 2000

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