Da Capo Best Music Writing 2007: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country, & More

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2007: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country, & More

by Robert Christgau, Daphne Carr
     
 

Rappers, rockers, emo-boys, jazz snobs, and poptimists alike eagerly anticipate each edition of Best Music Writing. Returning Series Editor Daphne Carr is joined by a true pioneer of the form, esteemed critic Robert Christgau. Past editions of Best Music Writing have included:Anne Midgette
• David Ritz
• Dave Eggers

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Rappers, rockers, emo-boys, jazz snobs, and poptimists alike eagerly anticipate each edition of Best Music Writing. Returning Series Editor Daphne Carr is joined by a true pioneer of the form, esteemed critic Robert Christgau. Past editions of Best Music Writing have included:Anne Midgette
• David Ritz
• Dave Eggers
• Sasha Frere-Jones
• Michaelangelo Matos
• Elizabeth Méndez Berry
• Alex Ross
• Elizabeth Gilbert
• Jay McInerney
• Lynn Hirschberg
• Chuck Klosterman
• Sarah Vowell
• Nick Tosches
• Rosanne Cash
• Greil Marcus
• Richard Meltzer
• Touré
• Susan Orlean
• Jonathan Lethem
• Kate Sullivan
• David Hadju
• Gary Giddins
• Luc Sante
• Monica Kendrick
• Kelefa Sanneh
• and more...

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
AGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.

Robert Christgau, often called the dean of American rock critics, claims that he�s the first professional critic to edit one of these Da Capo year-end collections, and he writes that he was determined to focus on writing first. He also tilts the collection almost completely toward rock/pop music, making this a less diverse collection (but with more depth, perhaps) than in previous years. There are 32 entries, from a few web publications, some hip journals, and some mainstream publications. Christgau has long believed that writing about rock captures much of the qualities that good writing about anything does, and his collection covers quickie reviews, profane parodies, and deeper reflections and profiles. Topics include Latino takes on Neil Diamond, being James Brown, Barbra Streisand (yes, that�s right--in two pieces yet!), New Orleans hip-hop and much more. My favorite, which illustrates Christgau�s belief that music touches lives in many deep ways, is Michaelangelo Matos�s moving account/analysis of why the Supremes� �Love Child� was significant in the history of music and in his and his mother�s life. Reviewer: Daniel Levinson
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306815614
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Da Capo Best Music Writing Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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