December 28, 2011 The NPR Music staff presents 12 titles that range from the art of album covers to disco to Def Jam to metal to MTV. This year, our favorite music reads were mostly revealing biographies and wide-spanning analyses.
The late Ellen Willis was the first pop-music critic for The New Yorker.
University of Minnesota Press
June 1, 2011 The late Ellen Willis was the first pop-music critic for The New Yorker. A new anthology, Out of the Vinyl Deeps, collects her thoughts on Dylan, Joplin and The Rolling Stones, among others. Critic Ken Tucker says the anthology "resurrects a nearly lost, vital, invaluable voice" in pop music.
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May 11, 2011 Out of the Vinyl Deeps is a tribute to The New Yorker's first pop critic — a writer whose words were as accessible as a great backbeat. The articles, collected and edited by Willis' daughter, are like conversations that feel relevant and real.
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