The Best of No Depression: Writing about American Music

The Best of No Depression: Writing about American Music

by Grant Alden
     
 

Since the magazine's founding in 1995, No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as alt.country, Americana, and roots music. Though dismissed by the commercial country music establishment as "music that doesn't sell," alternative country has attracted thousands of listeners who long for the authenticity and rich

Overview

Since the magazine's founding in 1995, No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as alt.country, Americana, and roots music. Though dismissed by the commercial country music establishment as "music that doesn't sell," alternative country has attracted thousands of listeners who long for the authenticity and rich complexity that come from its potent blend of country and rock 'n' roll and any number of related musical genres and subgenres.

To celebrate No Depression's tenth anniversary and spotlight some of the most important artists and trends in alt.country music, editors Grant Alden and Peter Blackstock have compiled this anthology of twenty-five of the magazine's best and most representative feature articles. Their subjects range from venerated country artists such as Johnny Cash and Ray Price to contemporary songwriters such as Lucinda Williams and Buddy and Julie Miller to the post-punk country-influenced bands Wilco and the Drive-By Truckers. All of the articles included here illustrate No Depression's commitment to music writing that puts the artist front-and-center and covers his or her career in sufficient depth to be definitive. Alden and Blackstock have also written a preface to this volume in which they discuss the alt.country phenomenon and the history and editorial philosophy that have made No Depression the bible for everyone seeking genuine American roots music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292709898
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

GRANT ALDEN and PETER BLACKSTOCK founded No Depression in 1995 in Seattle, Washington, and have been its editors ever since. They are also the magazine's publishers (along with Kyla Fairchild). Alden lives in Morehead, Kentucky, and Blackstock lives in Poulsbo, Washington.

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