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The year's best essays and articles on music as selected by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and How To Be Good The year's best essays and articles on music as selected by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and How To Be Good


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The year's best essays and articles on music as selected by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and How To Be Good The year's best essays and articles on music as selected by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and How To Be Good

30 review for Da Capo Best Music Writing 2001

  1. 5 out of 5

    Intortetor

    raccolta di articoli musicali selezionati dal buon nick horby e che vede presenti diversi autori storici affianco a qualche nome nuovo. la qualità è ovviamente sempre la stessa, ma non ci si può lamentare più di tanto: a volte l'autore sa talmente il fatto suo da fare un gioiello perfetto anche per chi non si interessa di musica (rian malan,nick toshes, il toccante e comico frammento autobiografico di robbie fulks) e in un paio di casi sa suscitare curiosità ("difendere la nazione hip hop", gli raccolta di articoli musicali selezionati dal buon nick horby e che vede presenti diversi autori storici affianco a qualche nome nuovo. la qualità è ovviamente sempre la stessa, ma non ci si può lamentare più di tanto: a volte l'autore sa talmente il fatto suo da fare un gioiello perfetto anche per chi non si interessa di musica (rian malan,nick toshes, il toccante e comico frammento autobiografico di robbie fulks) e in un paio di casi sa suscitare curiosità ("difendere la nazione hip hop", gli incontri con johnny cash e lucinda williams), altre volte è meglio sapere di che si sta parlando per godersi il discorso anche se solo raramente ci si imbatte in discorsi davvero da iniziati (la rece delle complete sessions di "funhouse" è qualcosa che solo il fan terminale degli stooges apprezzerà, così come l'interessante stroncatura di eminem porterà diversi dubbi in chi già segue l'hip hop), e solo un paio di volte si resta basiti dalla scelta (greil marcus -immenso, di solito- sulle sleater-kinney non mi convince, mike doughty sembra un blog e oggettivamente il dizionario del rock snob riesce a non far ridere nonostante l'argomento sia perfetto per il sarcasmo). consigliato? per la manciata di articoli imperdibili si, e vi faranno cambiare idea se credete alle stronzate sull'impossibilità di scrivere di musica (e valgono le 4 stelle date al libro).

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Bril

    This book is a selection of articles about music, all written in the year 2001, hand picked by Nick Hornby. I'll be honest I found a lot of this to be very boring and the articles seemed to go on forever. This was a tough read for me, one I really didn't enjoy. This book is a selection of articles about music, all written in the year 2001, hand picked by Nick Hornby. I'll be honest I found a lot of this to be very boring and the articles seemed to go on forever. This was a tough read for me, one I really didn't enjoy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ted Gurley

    Favorites included a feature on Lucinda Williams, a focus on Esteban, and a history of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ensiform

    Another collection on music writing.from Da Capo, this edition does not disappoint admirers of the previous year’s entry. Hornsby has chosen well, representing a broad spectrum of styles and artists (though it must be said that women and black artists are given relatively short shrift). The most interesting pieces seem to be, once again, those on the least mainstream artists, probably because so much has been said about the hitmakers before. Still, all the pieces are at least interesting (howeve Another collection on music writing.from Da Capo, this edition does not disappoint admirers of the previous year’s entry. Hornsby has chosen well, representing a broad spectrum of styles and artists (though it must be said that women and black artists are given relatively short shrift). The most interesting pieces seem to be, once again, those on the least mainstream artists, probably because so much has been said about the hitmakers before. Still, all the pieces are at least interesting (however, I don't understand why NPR editor Sarah Vowell’s short essay on Al Gore is included). Standouts include terrific novelist Steve Erickson’s attempt to capture the mercurial Neil Young on paper; a sad tribute of sorts to the forgotten South African Zulu, Solomon Linda, who improvised the melody to the song we know as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight;" a lengthy New York Times piece on the impact of hip-hop culture on whites and blacks, and how they in turn shape the culture; and Metal Mike Sauders making a surprisingly good case for Disney Radio being the ultimate independent station. More disappointing are a nostalgic homage to the gangsters that ran the early rock business by the usually powerful Nick Tosches, a prosaic account of a Barbra Streisand concert by a non-fan, and an uninformative tribute to Jeff Buckley by his neighbor. But, as I said, all of the material here is at least interesting, and there’s much here that will inspire readers to listen as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    It's a compilation of some amazing music journalism. It's really cool to reach back to the turn of the century and read great articles and essays on music and the industry. I read a selection when I'm on the train or just in need of a short fix. I don't know when I'll read it all but totally worthwhile for those dull moments or a quick read of a great article. It's a compilation of some amazing music journalism. It's really cool to reach back to the turn of the century and read great articles and essays on music and the industry. I read a selection when I'm on the train or just in need of a short fix. I don't know when I'll read it all but totally worthwhile for those dull moments or a quick read of a great article.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Allen

    I bought this used at Amoeba for $1.99 because of Hornby's name as editor. Dated, sure -- anyone remember Napster? Eminem? -- but some great essays, especially the one on the missing royalties for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Which added up to a lot more than $1.99. I bought this used at Amoeba for $1.99 because of Hornby's name as editor. Dated, sure -- anyone remember Napster? Eminem? -- but some great essays, especially the one on the missing royalties for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Which added up to a lot more than $1.99.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Yep

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kay Sundstrom

    I have read every year up to 2008. Like most collections, some of brilliant, other just good but very entertaining and informative if you are interested in all the various aspects of music.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hardy

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  11. 5 out of 5

    Spragga

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  13. 4 out of 5

    David

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Reiners

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

  17. 5 out of 5

    Toby

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leith

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark O'meara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie Briggs

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lewis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike P

  23. 5 out of 5

    Enrico

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bree

  25. 4 out of 5

    Burt Myers

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  27. 5 out of 5

    Guy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jedidiah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Martinez

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve Leftridge

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