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

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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...

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Editorial Reviews

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)

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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)

Meet the Author

Robert Christgau is the author of Grown Up All Wrong and Any Old Way You Choose It, among other books. He is also a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and can be heard on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He lives in New York City. Daphne Carr is the author of Pretty Hate Machine, and her work appears regularly in the Associated Press, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Robert Christgau     xi   Carl Wilson
If Music Is the Answer, What's the Question?: Said the Gramophone (saidthegramophone.com)     1   Ann Powers
Latinos Give New Life to Neil Diamond Anthem: Los Angeles Times     5   Michaelangelo Matos
A Double History of the Supremes' "Love Child": Back and Forth (beatresearch2.blogspot.com)     10   Jane Dark
White bread black beer: Jane dark's sugar high! (janedark.com)     19   Sasha Frere-Jones
On Top: Mariah Carey's Record-Breaking Career: The New Yorker     22   Daphne A. Brooks
Suga Mama, Politicized: The Nation     27   Chris Ryan
Yeah I'm Threatening Ya! I Keep Hedge Funds!     36
Buy Kingdom Come and Get a Free Fucking Tote Bag!     37
I'ma Fuck Around and Barf!: Gabe Said "We're Into Movements" (gabesaidwereintomovements.blogspot.com)     39   Jonathan Lethem
Being James Brown: Rolling Stone     42   David Kastin
Nica's Story: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness: Popular Music and Society     79   Erik Davis
Always Coming Home: Joanna Newsom: Arthur Magazine     109   Rob Harvilla
Spankmaster and Servant: On the Psycho/Genius Double Helix and XXX Appeal of Kool Keith: Village Voice     141   Jody Rosen
G-d's Reggae Star: How Matisyahu Became a Pop Phenomenon: Slate (slate.com)     145   Arye Dworken
Straight Outta Israel: Flaunt Magazine     150   Jack Erwin   Sean A. Malcolm   Andrea Duncan-Mao   Adam Matthews   Justin Monroe   Anselm Samuel   Vanessa Satten
Told You So: The Making of Reasonable Doubt: XXL     161   Kris Ex
The History of Cocaine Rap: All White: XXL     186   Elisabeth Vincentelli
Bulgarian Idol: The Believer     192   Dave Simpson
Excuse Me, Weren't You in the Fall?: The Guardian     213   Will Hermes   Robert Barbara
#32-Just Because It's a Song Doesn't Mean It's True: Loose Strife (loosestrife.blogspot.com)     221   Brandon Perkins
Industrial Psychology: URB Magazine     226   Sarah Godfrey
Multiple Personality Disorder: Washington City Paper     232   Dylan Hicks
Man in Love: Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, and the Autobiographical Criticism of Doug Belknap: The Rake     238   Jessica Shaw
People, People Who Love Barbra: Entertainment Weekly     249   Nitsuh Abebe
Making Plans for Daniel: Pitchfork Media (pitchforkmedia.com)      256   Jessica Hopper
SWF, 45: Chicago Reader     273   Jay Boronski
Gimme Back My Bone: Pondering the Ineffable Sound of "Classic Rock That Rocks": San Francisco Bay Guardian     278   David Byrne
Heavy Theater: David Byrne Journal (journal.davidbyrne.com)     282   Nick Southall
Imperfect Sound Forever: Stylus (stylusmagazine.com)     284   Robert Forster
A True Hipster: The Monthly     302   Richard Hell
Rock 'n' Roll High School: New York Times     310   John Swenson
The Bands Played On: Offbeat Magazine     313   Kelefa Sanneh
New Orleans Hip-Hop Is the Home of Gangsta Gumbo: New York Times     323   Douglas Wolk
The Syncher, Not the Song: The Irresistible Rise of the Numa Numa Dance: The Believer     329
Other Notable Essays of 2006     337
List of Contributors     341
Credits     348
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