Best Music Writing 2011

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-29
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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Best Music Writinghas become one of the most eagerly awaited annuals of them all. Celebrating the year in music writing by gathering a rich array of essays, missives, and musings on every style of music from rock to hip-hop to R&B to jazz to pop to blues, it is essential reading for anyone who loves great music and accomplished writing. Scribes of every imaginable sort--novelists, poets, journalists, musicians-- are gathered to create a multi-voiced snapshot of the year in music writing that, like the music it illuminates, is every bit as thrilling as it is riveting.

Author Biography

Alex Ross is the music critic of The New Yorker and the author of The Rest Is Noise and Listen to This. He lives in New York City and has a website at www.therestisnoise.com. Daphne Carr is the author of Pretty Hate Machine. Her essays have appeared in Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs and Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. She lives in New York City and can be found on the Web at funboring.com.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
"Beethoven's Kapow" New York Magazinep. 1
"Keep Tickin and Tockin Work It All Around the Clock"Exist Yesterdayp. 6
"The Grandest Duke" New York Review of Booksp. 20
"Growing Up Gaga" New York Magazinep. 34
"The Mothership, lost in space" Washington Postp. 53
"Excerpt from How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop" NPR.orgp. 61
"Curiosity Slowdown" Friezep. 70
"Meet Your #operaplot 2010 Winners" The Omniscient Musselp. 74
"A Pop Critic Takes on the Ring: Part 1, Das Rheingold" Los Angeles Timesp. 77
"Word" The New Yorkerp. 80
"Why We Fight #5: Why Risks are Risky" Pitchfork Mediap. 92
"Tour Diary Day Four: Rock and Roll is Dead" Amyandronicus.tumblr.comp. 100
"Jetlagged Manifesto" Think Denkp. 108
"Making Pop for Capitalist Pigs" Chicago Readerp. 115
"The Underground Rises" Frontline's Tehran Bureaup. 119
"Pantha du Prince" Groove Magazinep. 126
"Wormrot, Defeatist, Mutant Supremacy, Psychic Limb and Curandera-October 3rd-The Acheron, Brooklyn" Sunyata: Mindful of Metalp. 134
"Giant Steps: The Survival of a Great Jazz Pianist" The New York Timesp. 137
"William and the Science of Global Pop Domination" Rolling Stonep. 150
"Notes from a Wedding" Washington Postp. 161
"For the Record" Washington Postp. 173
"The Curious Case of Nicki Minaj" Outp. 183
"Gasping, But Somehow Still Alive': The Persistence of Meat Is Murder" Stereogump. 190
"Nashville Skyline: Searching for the Heart of Country CMT Newsp. 194
"The Honeymooners" Oxford Americanp. 197
"The Long War" The New Yorkerp. 210
"The 'Thriller' Diaries" Vanity Fairp. 215
"The Runaways: Wild Thing" LA Weeklyp. 237
"The Fun Stuff" The New Yorkerp. 250
"Direction Nowhere" At Lengthp. 265
"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free: The Secret Diary of Nina Simone" The Believerp. 272
"Darkness Invisible" The Threepenny Reviewp. 291
Other Notable Music Writing of 2010p. 297
List of Contributorsp. 303
Creditsp. 309
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