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Da Capo best music writing 2003 : the year's finest writing on rock, pop, jazz, country & more
Groening, Matt.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo ; London : Kluwer Law International, 2003.
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xi, 297 pages ; 22 cm
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Best music writing 2003.
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ML55 .D14 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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It's here: the fourth and latest volume in the series that you have come to rely upon for your music reading fix. The 2003 volume will celebrate the year's best writing about music and its culture with a selection of pieces on a dazzling array of topics drawn from more than a hundred sources-remarkable essays by journalists and authors who are as serious about writing as they are about music.Past contributors have included:* 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 * Susan Orlean * David Hadju * Lenny Kaye * The Onion * Mark Jacobson * Gary Giddins * John Leland * Luc Sante * Monica Kendrick * Kalefa Sanneh

Author Notes

Matt Groening, 1954 - Matt Groening was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to start writing the comic strip "Life in Hell" for the newspaper he worked for. The strip had premiered in 1977 and appears in over 250 newspapers worldwide.

Groening got his big break when the Fox television network was looking for a filler for "The Tracy Ullman Show." James L. Brooks had seen some of the "Life in Hell" strips and offered Groening a chance to create 30 second skits for the show. The skits were so well received that the newly titled "The Simpsons" for which Groening was now creator and executive producer of, debuted on Fox as a half hour Christmas special on December 17, 1989 and as a regular series on January 14, 1990.

In 1993, Groening formed "Bongo Comics Group" which publishes "Simpsons Comics," "Itchy and Scratchy Comics," "Bartman," "Radioactive Man," "Lisa Comics" and "Krusty Comics." In 1995, he founded and published "Zongo Comics," which included "Jimbo" and "Fleener" Groening oversees all of the licensing and merchandising of the "The Simpsons." He is also a best selling author, publishing books such as "Life in Hell," "Work is Hell" and "School is Hell," based on his "Life in Hell" comic strip, and "Bart Simpson's Guide to Life" based on "The Simpsons" animation.

Groening is also creator and Executive Producer of "Futurama," another animated prime time television show.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Like its predecessors, this edition of Da Capo's annual includes something from The Onion ("37 record-store clerks feared dead in Yo La Tengo concert disaster"), pieces by known quantities (Greil Marcus, Chuck Klosterman), and a few surprises. Marcus' disquisition on the world of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins and doo wop is, of course, deep. Novelist Jay McInerney offers an evocative portrait of blues throwback R. L. Burnside. Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello charts appropriate musical selections by time of day. And the best of the best, 2003? Quite possibly Philip Gourevitch's "Mr. Brown: On the Road with His Bad Self," about the hardest-working man in show business (James Brown), which catches readers up with the Godfather of Soul; introduces yet another nom de guerre for the venerable Soul Messiah, "the Napoleon of the Stage"; and peruses Soul Brother #1's relationship with Al Sharpton. Oh, almost forgot: in the introduction, guest editor Groening cites a Don Knotts movie and Frank Zappa in the same paragraph. Neat trick. --Mike Tribby Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This fourth volume is edited by Simpsons creator and onetime music critic Groening, who writes that he didn't try for any overview of significant trends, but instead "just went for essays jammed with information and conveyed with style, passion and wit." Each of the 21 examples vividly displays those qualities, and there is nary a weak essay (although, once again, writings on country, reggae and classical are sparsely represented). Some of the best include Bill Tuomala's hilarious alternate history of Van Halen, with the rock superstars recast as underground critics' favorites who never achieved success in an era when punk groups like the Ramones were "dominating the charts"; Chuck Klosterman's investigation of the present-day popularity among Mexican-Americans of Morrissey, the sexually ambiguous front man of the mid-1980s British cult band the Smiths; two long pieces from the New Yorker on funk legend James Brown and recently rediscovered bluesman R.L. Burnside; and Elvis Costello's remarkable selections for what he sees as appropriate listening music for every hour of the day, from 6 a.m. to 5 a.m. As in previous collections, satirical writers from the Onion provide criticism masked as comic relief in "37 Record-Store Clerks Feared Dead in Yo La Tengo Concert Disaster" ("It's just a twisted mass of black-frame glasses and ironic Girl Scouts T-shirts in there"). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved