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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2002 & 2003

C. Michael Bailey By

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The 2003 edition, edited by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, does not contain writing this crystalline, but does sport some interesting writing nevertheless. The standout essay is Michael Hall?s Texas Monthly article ?Mack McCormick Still Has the Blues.? Here, Hall details the triumphs and tragedies of McCormick?s scholarship. It is the latter of these most poignantly presented, detailing the death of McCormick?s greatest potential work— that of documenting blues legend Robert Johnson?s life: Biography of a Phantom and His still incomplete epic, Texas Blues. Both will more than likely remain unpublished, as Mr. McCormick no longer gives a shit, ostensibly because of a bipolar depressive disorder. The most fun and enjoyable article is by none other than Elvis Costello, ?Rocking Around the Clock? (Vanity Fair) where Mr. Costello suggests music listening for every hour of the day.

I preferred the first two editions of this series, but these two also have their charms. The Da Capo Best Music Writing series is an excellent way to see how one describes a polar bear in a snowstorm to a blind man.

Best Music Writing 2002
Guest Editor Jonathan Lethem
Series Editor Paul Bresnick
Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0-306-81166-9

Best Music Writing 2003
Guest Editor Matt Groening
Series Editor Paul Bresnick
Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0-306-81236-1

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