Book Alert from JamBase: Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004
"Da Capo Press recently released the fifth edition of their yearly collection of music literature. Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004 is enhanced by the talent of guest editor Mickey Hart and features a number of enthralling essays from a wide range of publications. As an acclaimed musician (best known for the three decades he spent drumming with the Grateful Dead), best-selling author, and groundbreaking world music scholar, Hart brings careful consideration and passionate intensity to this collection.
"Hart celebrates the year in music writing by discussing just how difficult the process was, and says this of his final selections: 'They speak of the struggles, the hardships, the ups and downs, the love, and the magic music evokes. Describing invisible feelings is hard enough, but doing so in a way that grabs readers by the throat and shakes them is another thing entirely. That is what the writers whose tales you'll read in this book have in common.' "
(Proud to say PopMatters writers were included not once, but twice
, with articles from Mark Anthony Neal and Lynne D. Johnson).