“If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously," he writes in the story's short preview. "There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist. It’s as if mid-period Garth Brooks was also early Liz Phair, minus the hat and the swearing. As a phenomenon, it’s absolutely new.”
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The November issue of GQ hits newsstands next week.