Best Music Writing 2009

Author(s): Greil Marcus


The landmark tenth edition in the series of annual collections celebrating the best in music writing on every style of music, from rock to hip-hop to R&B to jazz to pop to blues and more, guest edited by the most eminent music writer living today, Greil Marcus' "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 and more, 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. Past writers have included: Richard Hell; David Byrne; Daphne A. Brooks; Jody Rosen; Jon Caramanica; Miss Amp; Geoffrey O'Brien; Anne Midgette; Bill Friskics-Warren; Raquel Cepeda; Will Hermes; J. Edward Keyes; Ingrid Sischy; Camille; Paglia; Robert Christgau; Sasha Frere-Jones; David Ritz; Dave Eggers; Elizabeth Mendez Berry; Ta-Nehisi Coates; Michael Corcoran; Robbie Fulks; Michaelangelo Matos; Alex Ross; Roni Sarig; Joel Selvin; Toure; Lynn Hirschberg; Chuck Klosterman; Elizabeth Gilbert; Jay McInerney; Elvis Costello; Susan Orlean; Jonathan Lethem; David Rakoff; Mike Doughty; Lorraine Ali; Greil Marcus; Richard Meltzer; Robert Gordon; Sarah Vowell; Nick Tosches; Anthony DeCurtis; William Gay; Whitney Balliett; Lester Bangs; Rosanne Cash; Eddie Dean; Selwyn Seyfu Hinds; Kate Sullivan; Alec Wilkinson; David Hadju; Lenny Kaye; The Onion; Mark Jacobson; Gary Giddins; John Leland; Luc Sante; Monica Kendrick; and, Kelefa Sanneh.


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Greil Marcus is the author of Like a Rolling Stone, Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces, The Shape of Things to Come, and other books. He writes a monthly column for Interview. He lives in Berkeley. Daphne Carr (Series Editor) is the author of Pretty Hate Machine and writes for the Associated Press and Paper Thin Walls. Her essays have appeared in Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs and Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music. She lives in New York, and can be found on the web at

General Fields

  • : 9780306817823
  • : The Perseus Books Group
  • : Da Capo Press Inc
  • : November 2009
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 28mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Greil Marcus
  • : Paperback
  • : 10th anniversary ed
  • : 781.6
  • : 384