Best Music Writing 2010 will be out 11/9/10, but the praise is already rolling in. I'll post links here as they come to me.
BMW2010 Review at USA Today (Pop Candy blog)
"But my personal favorite? That would have to be "The Fighter: The Life & Times of Merle Haggard ." In the lengthy and beautifully written piece, Rolling Stone writer Jason Fine gets up close and personal with the music legend to learn what drives him to perform after all these years and how he crafted his memorable tunes for the working man. It's almost worth purchasing the book for this article alone."
[This piece is a perfect example of the art of the profile. The longest non-charticle piece we've published under my term as editor, it reads like water, and the cranky, defiant spirit of Haggard becomes indelible. I've recognized his manner in many since reading and editing this.]
BMW2010 Review at Blogcritics.org by Greg Boyd (Oct 15, 2010)
"The biggest difference between this year's model and previous volumes of the series however, is that the entries this year represent the broadest, most diverse collection of music criticism offered up to date. There really is something here for just about everybody — whether your tastes run towards indie-rock, country and hip-hop or to more obscure corners of the music spectrum like regional Mexican music, the Louisiana gumbo of BeauSoleil, or even classical and opera."
[One of the great things Ann said to me while doing the book this year was "I want to represent the conversation we're had about pop music in 2009." I agree that this is one of the strengths of the book: a broad range of stylistic approaches, musical topics, and author points of view.]