The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing


Edited by Mark Smirnoff
Forword by Van Dyke Parks
978-1-55728-950-6 (paper)
July 2010


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The best music writing from “what may be liveliest magazine in America”
New York Times
To celebrate ten years of Southern Music Issues, most of which are sold out or very hard to find, the fifty-five essays collected in this dynamic, wide-ranging, and vast anthology appeal to both music fans and fans of great writing. Here you’ll find writers like Peter Guralnick, Nick Tosches, Susan Straight, William Gay, Tom Piazza, Roy Blount Jr., R. Crumb, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Jerry Wexler, and Steve Martin probing the lives and legacies of southern musicians you may or may not yet be familiar with. In one creative, fresh way or another, these writers also uncover the essence of music—and why music has such power over us. From blues to rock ’n’ roll to jazz to country to bluegrass, from interviews, reviews, analysis, reflections, and biographical portraits, The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing has “something that will inform and excite you”—Nashville City Paper.

“God Bless America and God bless The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing.”
—Dolly Parton
“All public and academic libraries catering to serious music fans should purchase this gem of an anthology.”
Library Journal “Starred Review”
“If something calls itself ‘Great’ in a title, you have to wonder. But in this anthology from a decade of annual Southern Music issues of the Arkansas-based literary quarterly, it’s no exaggeration.”
New York Post
“Aside from the consistently high quality of the writing, the essays in this collection all manage the nifty trick of seamlessly incorporating the intensely personal experience of listening to music into the larger social and cultural context. . . . a must-have for any music loving reader.”
Shelf Awareness
“Smirnoff has accomplished something great with this book. Stubbornly against the interests of an industry preoccupied by facts, he’s putting the spotlight on good writing and good music instead.”
Creative Loafing
“Snatch a copy of this superb anthology.”

Winner—Gold Award, Music Category, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award Winners

Adopted at: University of South Carolina Lancaster
Course: ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Composition
Course Description: Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.
Professor: Stephen Criswell
Term: Spring 2019