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By Nelson George, Daphne Carr

The 9th access within the acclaimed sequence celebrating the easiest writing on each sort of track, from rock to hip-hop, R&B to jazz, pop to blues, and extra.

Best song writing is the definitive consultant to the yr in song writing, an annual ceremonial dinner of essays, missives, and musings on each musical sort via critics, novelists, and musicians themselves. Culled from guides starting from blogs to the New Yorker, the 2008 version captures a 12 months in tune writing as different and riveting because the song it illuminates.

Writers who've seemed in Best track Writing contain: Greil Marcus, Sarah Vowell, Nick Tosches, Jonathan Lethem, Dave Eggers, David Rakoff, David Hadju, Lenny Kaye, The Onion, Gary Giddins, Jessica Hopper, Luc Sante, Kelefa Sanneh, David Byrne, Daphne A. Brooks, Jody Rosen, Anne Midgette, Sasha Frere-Jones, Elizabeth MГ©ndez Berry, Alex Ross, TourГ©, Lynn Hirschberg, Chuck Klosterman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay McInerney, Elvis Costello, Susan Orlean, Mike Doughty, Lorraine Ali, and lots of more.

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In many ways, the Internet’s biggest impact on artists is emotional. When you have thousands of fans interacting with you electronically, it can feel as if you’re on stage 24 hours a day. “I vacillate so much on this,” Tad Kubler told me one evening in March. “I’m like, I want to keep some privacy, some sense of mystery. But I also want to have this intimacy with our fans. qxd 28 6/30/08 11:26 AM Page 28 SEX, DRUGS AND UPDATING YOUR BLOG band the Hold Steady, and I met up with him at a Japanese bar in Pittsburgh, where the band was performing on its latest national tour.

And their second revenue source—touring—makes them highly motivated to connect with far-flung fans. This confluence of forces has produced a curious inflection point: for rock musicians, being a bit of a nerd now helps you become successful. ” The video quickly became one of the site’s all-time biggest hits. It led to the band’s live treadmill performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which in turn led to a Grammy Award for best video. This is not a trend that affects A-list stars. The most famous corporate acts—Justin Timberlake, Fergie, Beyoncé—are still creatures of mass marketing, carpet-bombed into popularity by expensive ad campaigns and radio airplay.

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