Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country and More

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Now in its landmark fifth year, Da Capo Best Music Writing has 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 and more, 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...

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Overview

Now in its landmark fifth year, Da Capo Best Music Writing has 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 and more, 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.Past contributors have included: Lynn Hirschberg
• Chuck Klosterman
• Elizabeth Gilbert
• Jay McInerney
• Elvis Costello
• Susan Orlean
• Jonathan Lethem
• Lorraine Ali
• Greil Marcus
• Richard Meltzer
• Robert Gordon
• Sarah Vowell
• Nick Tosches
• Anthony DeCurtis
• William Gay
• Whitney Balliett
• Lester Bangs
• Rosanne Cash
• Eddie Dean
• Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
• Alec Wilkinson
• David Hadju
• Lenny Kaye
• The Onion
• Gary Giddins
• Luc Sante
• Monica Kendrick
• Kalefa Sanneh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306813801
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Series: Da Capo Best Music Writing Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Mickey Hart is known for three decades of drumming with the Grateful Dead, and as the acclaimed author of Songcatchers, Planet Drum, and Drumming at the Edge of Magic. Hart sits on the board of trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He lives in the Bay area. Paul Bresnick is a literary agent and editor who has edited many award-winning music books. He lives in New York City and East Hampton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : for the love of music
Jake Leg 1
The last hustle 17
Five nights, five karaoke bars 23
Beat at their own game 27
I think I'm going to hell 34
Keepin' it unreal 51
The soul of blind Willie Johnson 60
Remains of the day-O 68
Johnny Cash, 1932-2003 : The man in black - and other colors 93
Sex, heartbreak and blue suede 98
Let us now kill white elephants 109
Emo : where the girls aren't 122
The mechanical muse 129
Following the valley road to the homeplace of American music 133
Hip-hop's holy trinity 138
Wild is the wind 145
6,557 miles to nowhere 149
Hip-hop intellectuals 165
69 (years of) love songs 173
Same shabby dress : the legacy of little Miss Cornshucks 186
Branded man 209
The tortured soul of Marvin Gaye and R. Kelly 222
Rock 101 230
Eminem : the new white Negro 243
Willie Nelson at 70 266
Dungeon family tree 272
Stevie Wonder 292
Big world 303
The party at Pou Corner 321
Fate and a jukebox 325
Musical masala 331
The mystery of Lauryn Hill 339
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