Best Music Writing 2008 (Paperback)

By Nelson George (Editor), Daphne Carr (Editor)

Da Capo Press, 9780306817342, 360pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008



The ninth entry in the acclaimed series celebrating the best writing on every style of music, from rock to hip-hop, R&B to jazz, pop to blues, and more.

Best music writing is the definitive guide to the year in music writing, an annual feast of essays, missives, and musings on every musical style by critics, novelists, and musicians themselves. Culled from publications ranging from blogs to the New Yorker, the 2008 edition captures a year in music writing as diverse and riveting as the music it illuminates.

Writers who have appeared in Best Music Writing include: Greil Marcus, Sarah Vowell, Nick Tosches, Jonathan Lethem, Dave Eggers, David Rakoff, David Hadju, Lenny Kaye, The Onion, Gary Giddins, Jessica Hopper, Luc Sante, Kelefa Sanneh, David Byrne, Daphne A. Brooks, Jody Rosen, Anne Midgette, Sasha Frere-Jones, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Alex Ross, Toure, Lynn Hirschberg, Chuck Klosterman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay McInerney, Elvis Costello, Susan Orlean, Mike Doughty, Lorraine Ali, and many more.

About the Author

Nelson George is the award-winning author of a dozen books, including Hip Hop America. He lives in Brooklyn.Daphne Carr writes about music for the Associated Press and Paper Thin Walls. She lives in New York City.

Praise For Best Music Writing 2008

“Brimming over with vital stuff.”

London Metro, 10/08
“Something you can sink your teeth into.”

Nashville City Paper, October 2008
“always a treat and a delight…this year’s edition proves no different, and the scope, variety and quality are quite impressive.”
“I look forward to this anthology every year, and it never disappoints!”

Brick Weekly, 1/22/09
“There’s some pretty sharp stuff in here done by some real worldly cats. The entire book’s a joy to read.”

St. Joe Channel
“The latest edition in the fine series is a solid anthology made up of articles that discuss a wide range of topics and genres within the subject of music…There are many hits in this three hundred and twenty-seven pages of articles…Yet another good edition in a quality series.”
“Always worthwhile.”