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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2001: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, and More Paperback – October 2, 2001
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Hornby has captured the spirit of the age with his selections of 2001's best (American) music journalism. There are pieces that couldn't have been written at any other time, on Napster, say, or Eminem. But he hasn't wasted space trying to be hipper than thou, and there's a timelessness to the best pieces: who they're writing about isn't as important as how they're written. One of the best isn't really about music at all: Robbie Fulks describing his tax audit (on the web at [...] There's Memphis writer Robert Gordon's sensitive report on the disintegration of Jeff Buckley, singer Mike Doughty debunking the myth of dangerous rock, and Rian Malan on the convoluted provenance of `The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. Hornby initially wanted to showcase a new, young group of writers (in fact, one piece examines the dilemma of the ageing music writer, a topic Hornby himself was sneered at for discussing in the NY Times of 23 May 2004). But he found the strongest work came not from pimply webzine writers but from veterans - and venerable outlets such as The New Yorker and the New York Times.Read more ›