Best Music Writing 2011 by Alex Ross
(Da Capo Best Music Writing)

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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.

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Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism, a Holtzbrinck Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre, and a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for significant contributions to the field of contemporary music. The Rest is Noise is his first book.
Published November 29, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 337 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The most startling stuff drives boldly into new territory: Lauren Wilcox Puchowski’s profile of a Washington, D.C., wedding band at work, Jason Cherkis on a Baltimore record collector’s life-changing obsession with an early-20th-century Greek vocalist, Chris Richards’ search for Parliament-Funkad...

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If you enjoy reading music criticism even half as much as those of us who write it, then this year's annual volume of Best Music Writing from Da Capo Press is probably already a major event on your reading calendar.

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Best Music Writing 2011 features some decent classical music writing, some OK popular music writing, and the general feeling that the music scene in 2011 is more fragmented and less reconciliable than ever.

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Morad Mansouri’s piece “The Underground Rises” looks at the underground music scene in Tehran and the mixture of hip-hop and ancient Persian texts.

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