Why Music Writing Matters in 2011

Dec 22, 2011

In his introduction to an anthology of The Best Music Writing 2011Alex Ross shares a selection of tweets reacting to bassist and singer Esperanza Spaulding’s upset over teen star Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy.

The viral dustup is emblematic of the convergence –and collisions of cultures in the age of the internet. Despite disputes over taste, Ross writes, “music always seems to remember back to a lost bond of common feeling.” We spoke with him about writing that allows that longing to speak and about his role as guest editor of Best Music Writing 2011” from DeCapo Press. He and series editor Daphne Carr selected works for the anthology that could appeal to general readers in a time of such tall fences of taste.