How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, you’d do best to hone your chops and avoid clichés (like the one that begins this sentence) by learning from the prime movers. How to Write About Music offers a selection of the best writers on what is perhaps our most universally beloved art form. Selections from the critically-acclaimed 33 1/3 series appear alongside new interviews and insights from authors like Lester Bangs, Chuck Klosterman, Owen Pallet, Ann Powers and Alex Ross.

How to Write About Music includes primary sources of inspiration from a variety of go-to genres such as the album review, the personal essay, the blog post and the interview along with tips, writing prompts and advice from the writers themselves.

Music critics of the past and the present offer inspiration through their work on artists like Black Sabbath, Daft Punk, J Dilla, Joy Division, Kanye West, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead, Pussy Riot and countless others. How to Write About Music is an invaluable text for all those who have ever dreamed of getting their music writing published and a pleasure for everyone who loves to read about music.

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3 Comments

  1. Wow A new bible for how to think about music, how music makes us think and how to put it all on paper. Brilliant. I could read it several times and get some new perspective each time. Long overdue and so well done!

  2. This was an awesome find! I didn’t really know too much about … This was an awesome find! I didn’t really know too much about music journalism but I saw this on a friend’s twitter feed and decided to pick it up. I wasn’t as interested in the “writing about music” aspect of the book (though if you are, it looks useful!) and was more interested in reading a variety of different pieces about all different types of music. This book was perfect for that, and it introduced me to a lot of the major music writers. It seems like a good mix of…

  3. One Of A Kind I am a ‘music journalist’ for two websites and have been looking for something like this for years. I don’t think there is anything else out there that is not only dedicated to writing about music, but looks at it specifically with web copy in mind. The authors they have collected here are people in the field that I respect. Furthermore, because it is populated mostly by music writers, the book avoid coming off like a textbook. It is really a fun read. I believe everyone involved took the…

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