Best Music Writing 2011

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Best Music Writing 2011 by Alex Ross

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306819636
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alex Ross is a music critic for the New Yorker and the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Rest Is Noise. He lives in New York City.

Daphne Carr is a music scholar and the author of Pretty Hate Machine. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction Alex Ross xi

"Beethoven's Kapow" New York Magazine Justin Davidson 1

"Keep Tickin and Tockin Work It All Around the Clock"Exist Yesterday Jonathan Bogart 6

"The Grandest Duke" New York Review of Books Geoffrey O'brien 20

"Growing Up Gaga" New York Magazine Vanessa Grigoriadis 34

"The Mothership, lost in space" Washington Post Chris Richards 53

"Excerpt from How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop" Dave Tompkins 61

"Curiosity Slowdown" Frieze Jaceclayton 70

"Meet Your #operaplot 2010 Winners" The Omniscient Mussel Marcia Adair Micaela Baranello Ralph Graves Josiah Gulden James Harrington Bryan Johnson Daniel Kelley Stephen Llewellyn Sam Neuman 74

"A Pop Critic Takes on the Ring: Part 1, Das Rheingold" Los Angeles Times Ann Powers 77

"Word" The New Yorker Kelefa Sanneh 80

"Why We Fight #5: Why Risks are Risky" Pitchfork Media Nitsuh Abebe 92

"Tour Diary Day Four: Rock and Roll is Dead" Amy Klein 100

"Jetlagged Manifesto" Think Denk Jeremy Denk 108

"Making Pop for Capitalist Pigs" Chicago Reader Jessica Hopper 115

"The Underground Rises" Frontline's Tehran Bureau Morad Mansouri 119

"Pantha du Prince" Groove Magazine Philip Sherburne 126

"Wormrot, Defeatist, Mutant Supremacy, Psychic Limb and Curandera-October 3rd-The Acheron, Brooklyn" Sunyata: Mindful of Metal Mike Turbe 134

"Giant Steps: The Survival of a Great Jazz Pianist" The New York Times David Hajdu 137

"William and the Science of Global Pop Domination" Rolling Stone Chris Norris 150

"Notes from a Wedding" Washington Post Lauren Wilcox Puchowski 161

"For the Record" Washington Post Jason Cherkis 173

"The Curious Case of Nicki Minaj" Out Caryn Ganz 183

"Gasping, But Somehow Still Alive': The Persistence of Meat Is Murder" Stereogum Drew Daniel 190

"Nashville Skyline: Searching for the Heart of Country CMT News Chetflippo 194

"The Honeymooners" Oxford American Franklin Bruno 197

"The Long War" The New Yorker Sasha Frere-Jones 210

"The 'Thriller' Diaries" Vanity Fair Nancy Griffin 215

"The Runaways: Wild Thing" LA Weekly Evelyn Mcdonnell 237

"The Fun Stuff" The New Yorker James Wood 250

"Direction Nowhere" At Length Nate Chinen 265

"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free: The Secret Diary of Nina Simone" The Believer Joe Hagan 272

"Darkness Invisible" The Threepenny Review Wendy Lesser 291

Other Notable Music Writing of 2010 297

List of Contributors 303

Credits 309

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She poked her head in.
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I did. But she just kept asking to talk to Alex.
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Ges in deeper, and harder. Stops for a second, to shoot Sapphire in the fuking face. "I'll fuk your dead body later, bi.tch" he says to Sapphire.
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I was bored one day so o was looking around and found a nice place to rest. I layed down and i was drifting off to sleep when i heard these voices. I was curious so i followed the sound. I came to a clearing where a couple of wolves were sitting an talking. I walked up and said "Umm, hi my name is Kamara. Do you knw where I could find a pack?" The wolves looked at me and then one of the wolves Katrose said "you may join my pack." She told e the packs history and we became great friends. Her sister primrose went missing so she went of to look for her. She was hurt many times so i secretly followed her. After padding through the woods for days on end we came to a clearing in the middle of it was an evil wolf named Clovoe from Katroses childhood. Clovoe was in human form and had primrose with a knife to her throat. While Katrose questioned Clovoe i snuck up behind her and stole the knife Clovoe shifted to wolf and lunged for me but Katrose blocked her. They started to fight and i pulled primrose out of the way. Once i was sure she was ok i joined in on the fight. One we had Clovoe pinned and captured she was sent home. A couple days later we were at our den and we heard a howl. We ran outside and Clovoe and her pack were ready for battle. Our pack quickly got ready for battle. When the fight started it was me versus Clovoe. We rolled and bit snarled and scrtched. But after a while i finally pinned her. As i looked up to see how everyone else was doing i realized we were winning. Katrose came up and Clovoe killed herself in pure rage for the battle being losr. Ecer since then i havent heard from anyone no one ever returned to the pack. I decided to come and tell my story so maybe if you see my friends (Katrose Whitfang Moonlily Sarah Lutta Shadow and Slasher) you can tell them i miss them. Thanks for reading i hope this wasnt a total waste of your time. Kamara the wolf.
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"Watch where you're going, Mitten!" A voice, high-pitched and sounds like shattered ice, snapped. "What about you, Penny?" Another voice growled. "Shut up, both of you!" A third voice urged.<br> "Fine fine...but Penny started it!" Mitten's voice echoed through the attic. "No, I didn't!" Penny retorted. "Kits! Calm down!" The third voice begged. Immidiently, both of the kits calm down.<br> "You two can share." The voice murmured, handing them a bowl full of white water. "Thanks, mom!" Penny meowed and dunk his muzzle into the bowl. He came up with white water clinged onto his face. "I love milk!" He exclaimed.<br> "Thanks, Gizmo!" Mitten curled her tail around her mother's paw. "Call me mom, Mitten." Gizmo urged. "I'm going outside!" Penny, a light ginger tom with blue eyes, told her.<br> "Just let the tall twoleg kits know that." Gizmo, a light gray she-cat with white paws and muzzle and dazzling green eyes, warned.<br> "I'll do it!" Mitten, a black she-kit with white paws and muzzle and dark green eyes, exclaimed. "I'll see you at dinner!" Penny called to her as he and Mitten scurried off down a couple of stairs.<br> Gizmo's eyes shine in joy and padded towards a window to jump on. When that happens, she sees a ginger tom with light blue eyes standing on the side of the door, licking his paw.<br> Gizmo banged the window with a paw roughly. The ginger tom looked up to see Gizmo on the window. "Orange, I missed you so much." Gizmo whispered, letting her eyes get locked into his.<br> "I always know that our kits will live happy lives, but what is so strange to find a new housefolk to take care of you instead of mine?" Gizmo continued. "Don't you like being with these sweet creatures? W-will you ever come back?"<br> <p>Mitten scrambled next to his brother when they reach a nice twoleg kit. The kit crouched and rubed her hairless paw across the top of Penny's head softly.<br> Mitten put her front paws onto the arm and mewled, her tail lashing from side to side. Once the twoleg kit noticed her, she raced to the front door and banged on the door with her paws.<br> The twoleg kit followed her and opened the door for them to play. "Yay!" Mitten exclaimed before racing out, letting the whole outside world open in front of her. Penny crouched low and pounced on his sister gently, suddenly making a play-fight.<br> "Wait." Penny mumured and walked on the green grass and looked up at the whole pile of trees looming in front of him. "Is that the forest?" Mitten budged in.<br> "I think so." Penny meowed. "Let's go in and see what's there!" He meowed and raced towards the trees. "No! Penny, come back!" Mitten called to him, but Penny didn't even slow down. Mitten, her eyes filled with worry, raced after her brother.<br> "Woah!" Penny's voice filled the air. "Yep. You'll never find anyone of those kittypets do that!" A voice came in. "Let me try!" Penny urged.<br> Mitten leaped towards a couple of bushes to see Penny and a bigger cat, a dusty brown she-cat. "Mitten!" Penny's voice was filled with glee. "This is Mousepaw. She's showing me a couple of moves from Clans!" He meowed.<br> "MousePAW? What a wierd name!" Mitten mewed. "That's how they live! They have wierd names!" Penny meowed.<br> "PENNY?! MITTEN!?" A twoleg voice came in. "I'll see you later!" Penny called over his shoulder to Mousepaw before he and Mitten raced off.<br> <p>"Penny's Secret Part One By Jaysoar"------ 'I guess I did a good job but it is your opinion...'
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(Ok this is a story about a real wolf, Im just narratoring from her piont of view, cause im not actually her) I sat at westward point looking at the night sky. It was a sea of navy blue with tiny twinkling stars. The sky was forever rolling off into the distance. My white fur and dark blue eyes could not be seen in the darkness. A she-wolf with gray fur, green eyes, and a helmet approached me. "Mother," she said. "Yes Daina?" I asked. "A lone-wolf just entered the territory" she warned. "Bring this lone-wolf to me" I commanded. Daina nodded then pad off. A wolf had strayed onto my territory. I sighed then continued to stare at the night sky. I then heard a howl. "Mother please forgive me, for I have lost the wolf. Mother oh please forgive me" it sang. "Its ok dear. I got this" I howled back. A blck wolf then pad up to me. "May I join?" He asked. I cocked my head wondering why. "I come from a savage clan.. everyday we would fighr. With blood everywhere in our territory. We lived to kill and fight. But I hated that way of life. Its like everytime I looked at night sky i would see a bloody moon." He explained. I felt bad for this wolf. He wa scarred and bloody. He had wounds and wa skiiny from blood lose. "How did you escape?" I asked. "Last night, everyone was watching the cheiftan fight an omga. I snook off to the side and went into the woods. Eventually I made it here, to wolf mountain." He replied. I sat in thought then aske one last question. "What is your name?"I Asked. "Abaan, and you?" He replied. "Sarah McDonagan" i said. I then took a step twards him. "You can join, but you need to take the oath" I said. He nodded then asked, "what oath?" I shook my head. "Just repeat after me. I Abaan" I began. "I Abaan" he copied. "Swear to never betray, kill, or harm any of my clan members" I continued. "Swear never to betray, kill, or harm any of my clan memebrrs" he said. "And to never break clan law" I said. "And to never break clan law" He repeated. "And if I do I will face the punishments" I finished. "And if I do I will face the punishments." He said. "Congrats you are now in my clan" I said happily. "Thank you, Sarah" he said thankfully. "Come I going to heal those wounds of yours" she ordered. He nodded and followed. We came to my den. A large cave with a fire pit in the center. Surrounding it was 5 animal pelts. Off to the sde there were pots filled with herds. Then in a plie off in the corner were bones with stories carved in them. Abaan sat down on a pelt. I gather up some herbs. I took an empty pot and began to mix the herbs. I then adde some caribou meat and put it over the fire. "Im making you some soup but now I must heal you. Dont tell anyone of this" I warned. He nodded. I placed my paw on him then closed my eyes. A glowing blue circle and a cross then appeared on my forehead. "Sark u vu la" I chanted in old wolf. I then openedmy eyes. He lay there with no wounds. "That was.... interesting" he said. He then noticed my pile of bones. "Why do you have so many story bones?" He asked. "Becase I have a dissorder where I forget thigs sometimes" I said. He nodded. Then picked up a bone. "This one says 'my puphood'" he said. I nodded. "This is the only way I can remember" I said sadly. He placed it back in the pile. He then found one. "'The maldch' my favorite" h said. "I wrote that story ya know" I said. "Immpossible, the wolf ho wrote this lived thousands of years ago.... wait who is your da?" He asked. "The wolf god lupus" I said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One day at the zoo... A lion named Test escaped from the zoo. He went over to the open planes and setteled. But what he didnt know was that he was being hunted... 7 years later... Look gezal yummy treat pounse. Yummy gezal... Hey its test run said his wife. Thay ran as fast as thay could till they were finally shot with a traklizer dart... TO BE CONTINUED ON NEXT RESULT IN ABOUT A DAY- Thunderarm
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1.jaysoar 2.kamara 3.piper.honorable meantion:crystalfrost. Most action:kamara. Best storyline:crystalfrost.thanks for entering!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book has some of the best songs