Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music

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$22.95
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University of Minnesota Press
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Pages
232
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6.16 X 9.27 X 0.64 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
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9780816672837

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About the Author

Ellen Willis (1941-2006) was a groundbreaking radical leftist writer and thinker whose true loves were rock music, feminism, pleasure, and freedom. She was the first pop music critic for the New Yorker and an editor and columnist at the Village Voice. She wrote for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Nation, and Dissent. She was the founder of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism Program at New York University, and she published three books of essays, Beginning to See the Light, No More Nice Girls, and Don't Think, Smile!Nona Willis Aronowitz has written about women, sex, music, technology, film, and youth culture for publications such as the Nation, the New York Observer, the Village Voice, and Salon. She is coauthor of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism. Sasha Frere-Jones is a musician and writer from New York. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a member of the bands Ui and Calvinist. Daphne Carr lives and writes in New York City. She is editor of the Best Music Writing series. Evie Nagy is an associate editor at Billboard Magazine.

Reviews

"Finally, Willis's game-changing music writing is available in one place. It is like unearthing the holy grail of rock criticism!" --Kathleen Hanna


"A pleasure to read and a crucial challenge when truly considered, Willis's essays on rock, freedom, sex, and dancing in your bedroom continue to teach me every time I return to them." --Ann Powers


"Here, [Ellen Willis's] witty, cerebral essays finally get the compilation they deserve. She grapples with voices who inspired her . . . and relates feminism to music in revelatory ways. Vinyl Deeps is the testament of a crucial voice. At a time when rock clichรฉs were still being invented, Willis was already leaving them behind." --Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

"Willis's work is crystalline enough that reading each essay takes the reader on a trip back to the era when it originally appeared, but it's a testimony to her intellect and talent that those journeys look completely unlike any hagiography you might stumble across. She cuts through clichรฉs nimbly . . . and the essays vibrate off the page." --Village Voice

"At a time when music was less understood than it is today, Willis appreciated why musicians combined passion and intellect to not only document their time, but also influence movements." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Out of the Vinyl Deeps should take its place alongside Marcus's Mystery Train and Bangs's Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung as one of the canonical documents of early pop music criticism. Even with her tendency to use big words and big ideas, Willis always knew at heart that music was a gas, gas, gas. She celebrated the seriousness of pleasure and relished the pleasure of thinking seriously. She followed in the footsteps of the New Yorker critics Dorothy Parker and Pauline Kael, and elbowed her way into the men's club of music criticism. Maybe she didn't even realize it was a men's club--Willis seemed fiercely independent that way. Ultimately, Out of the Vinyl Deeps makes you want to do what the best music criticism should: pull out a record and listen to it with new ears." --New York Times "I'd call Ellen Willis the Ida Lupino of music writing, but even that wouldn't say enough about this book's value. Out of the Vinyl Deeps is a time capsule, the publication of which invigorates and illuminates our grasp of the period it covers--but it is also a timeless compendium of clear thinking and fresh, humane, and persuasive prose."--Jonathan Lethem