Best Music Writing 2011
Presents a collection of essays written in 2011 about music and its culture covering such music styles as rock, pop, rap, jazz, blues, and country and featuring such authors as Jason Cherkis, Jessica Hopper, Chet Flippo, and James Wood.
Music critic and author Ross collects the best essays, profiles, interviews, news articles, and blogs on music in 2011 by writers, journalists, and musicians such as Ann Powers, Sasha Frere-Jones, Nate Chinen, Nancy Griffin, and Joe Hagan. They discuss topics including Beethoven, Wagner, Duke Ellington, country music, metal, Lady Gaga, Will.i.am, gender and sexuality, Afrika Bambaataa, comparisons between Jay-Z and Stephen Sondheim, Nina Simone, Sandy West of the Runaways, and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." There is no index. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Keep tickin and tockin work it all around the clock / Jonathan Bogart
The grandest duke / Geoffrey O'Brien
Growing up gaga / Vanessa Grigoriadis
The mothership. lost in space / Chris Richards
Except from How to wreck a nice beach: the vocoder from World War II to hip-hop / Dave Tompkins
Curiosity slowdown / Jace Clayton
Meet your #operaplot 2010 winners / Marcia Adair with ... [et al.]
A pop critic takes on the ring: part 1, Das Rheingold
Word / Kelefa Sanneh
Why we fight #5: why risks are risky / Nitsuh Abebe
Tour diary day four: rock and roll is dead / Amy Klein
Jetlagged manifesto / Jeremy Denk
Maing pop for capitalist pigs / Jessica Hopper
The underground rises / Morad Mansouri
Pantha du Prince / Philip Sherburne
Wormrot, defeatist, mutant supremacy, Psychic limb and curandera - Octorber 3rd- The acheron, Brooklyn / Mike Turbe
Giant steps: the survival of a great jazz pianist / David Hajdu
Will, i.am and the science of global pop domination / Chris Norris
Notes from a wedding / Lauren WIlcox Puchowski
For the record / Jason Cherkis
The curious case of Nicki Minaj / Caryn Ganz
Gasping, but somehow still alive: the persistence of meat is murder / Drew Daniel
Nashville Skyline: searching for the heart of country / Chet Flippo
The honeymooners / Franklin Bruno
The long war / Sasha Frere-Jones
The thriller diaries / Nancy Grinffin
The runaways: wild thing / Evelyn McDonnell
The fun stuff / James Wood
Direction nowhere / Nate Chinen
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free / Joe Hagan
Darkness invisible / Wendy Lesser
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