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Best Music Writing 2007 by Robert Christgau

Best Music Writing 2007

by Robert Christgau

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The eminent "Dean" of Rock Critics takes the helm of the series, and if it's not the best edition yet (Matt Groening's and Mary Gaitskill's outings were also tops), it may be the most fun. Several pieces had me struggling to maintain composure on my commute. There were fewer NYer profile-length pieces than usual, but most of the short pieces easily earned their places. Funny how some subjects came up in pairs: rap in the Middle East, Barbra Streisand, crazy hip-hoppers, post-Katrina New Orleans.

Favorite pieces were: Erik Davis on J. Newsom, Elisabeth Vincentelli on the Eurovision Song Contest, Dave Simpson on The Fall ("Excuse Me, Weren't You in the Fall?"), Jessica Shaw on Babs ("People, People who Love Barbra")and Nick Southall on, well, impossible to sum that one up. Vive BMW! Can't wait for '08. ( )
  patronus11 | Mar 31, 2013 |
A bit more consistent than the previous year's edition, but that's not necessarily a good thing as the high points weren't as high. Great examination via Will Hermes of the Holly character in the Hold Steady mythos, though. ( )
  theanalogdivide | Dec 1, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0306815613, Paperback)

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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