• Title: The Best of No Depression: Writing about American Music
  • Author: Grant Alden Peter Blackstock
  • ISBN: 9780292709898
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
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    The Best of No Depression Writing about American Music Since the magazine s founding in No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as altuntry Americana and roots music Though dismissed by the commercial coun
    Since the magazine s founding in 1995, No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as altuntry, Americana, and roots music Though dismissed by the commercial country music establishment as music that doesn t sell, alternative country has attracted thousands of listeners who long for the authenticity and rich complexity that comeSince the magazine s founding in 1995, No Depression has reported on and helped define the music that goes by names such as altuntry, Americana, and roots music Though dismissed by the commercial country music establishment as music that doesn t sell, alternative country has attracted thousands of listeners who long for the authenticity and rich complexity that come from its potent blend of country and rock n roll and any number of related musical genres and subgenres.To celebrate No Depression s tenth anniversary and spotlight some of the most important artists and trends in altuntry music, editors Grant Alden and Peter Blackstock have compiled this anthology of twenty five of the magazine s best and most representative feature articles Their subjects range from venerated country artists such as Johnny Cash and Ray Price to contemporary songwriters such as Lucinda Williams and Buddy and Julie Miller to the post punk country influenced bands Wilco and the Drive By Truckers All of the articles included here illustrate No Depression s commitment to music writing that puts the artist front and center and covers his or her career in sufficient depth to be definitive Alden and Blackstock have also written a preface to this volume in which they discuss the altuntry phenomenon and the history and editorial philosophy that have made No Depression the bible for everyone seeking genuine American roots music.

    One Reply to “The Best of No Depression: Writing about American Music”

    1. I confess I have never read an issue of No Depression, which is odd to me considering my love of roots music. The Best Of No Depression contains several articles about various bands and singers in the roots/Americana style, each providing short bios, discussing then new albums, examining some of the attitudes and worldview of each artist and giving a bit of insight into what they do. It was great to read about those musicians and singers I am a fan of, as well as to learn about new people I migh [...]

    2. I loved this book as it brings together as it says on the cover "the best of no depression"! Almost impossible to define, which I also love; the idea that music shouldn't be simply categorised, labelled and shelved, the writing here echoes that sentiment of looking at everything on its own merit. Nothing is pre-judged whether you might think or approach this in terms of 'Americana' 'Alt-Country' or whatever. You realise it doesn't matter at all. Although the magazine no longer exists, its reinca [...]

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