Holy smokes. The Oxford American’s 10th Annual Southern Music Edition is out, and it is a beaut.
The issue comes with two free CDs packed with Southern music and is chock full of fantastic music writing. Peter Garulnick writes about Jerry Lee Lewis. Jack Pendarvis and Greil Marcus each write an article about Neko Case. (Neko’s so nice they had to write about her twice.) Authors Roy Blount Jr., Kevin Brockmeier, and Clyde Edgerton add to the roster. Pick it up already.
As the issue implies, the Oxford American has been collecting great music writing for 10 years now. It’s small wonder then that they have also come out with a book, The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing. Apparently this book has been out since October, but I just found out about it. I’m baffled. I may have missed out on the book release, but the book release (and 10th anniversary) PARTY is not until January 23 at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. Let’s find a reason to be in Mississippi in January.