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Best tune Writing has faithfully accrued the year’s such a lot compelling writing on song for a decade now, so it’s applicable this particular variation be guest-edited via one of many best-known writers on song and pop culture, Greil Marcus, writer of Lipstick Traces, Mystery Train, Like a Rolling Stone, and different groundbreaking tours into the very textile of track, the US, and past. As continuously, sequence Editor Daphne Carr has culled an impressively wide variety of essays, profiles, information articles, interviews, artistic non-fiction, fiction, ebook studies, long-format experiences, web publication posts, and magazine articles on track and song tradition, from rock and hip-hop to R&B and jazz to pop, blues, and extra.

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The problem words refused to give themselves up, but as the tape ran, the song itself emerged around them, in spite of them, and I heard it for the first time. “Last Kind Words Blues” is about a ghost-lover. When Wiley says “kind”—as in, “The last kind words I heard my daddy say”— she doesn’t mean it like we do; she doesn’t mean nice; she means the word in its older sense of natural (with the implication that everything her “daddy” says afterward is unnatural, is preternatural). Southern idiom has retained that usage, in phrases involving the word “kindly,” as in “I thank you kindly,” which—and the OED bears this out—represent a clinging vestige of the primary, archaic meaning: not I thank you politely and sweetly but I thank you in a way that’s appropriate to your deed.

I complimented his ear. ” A reflexive swerving between ecstatic appreciation and an urge to minimize the aesthetic significance of the country blues was, I later came to see, a pattern in Fahey’s career—the Blind Joe Death bit had been part of it. It’s possible he feared giving in to the almost demonic force this music has exerted over so many— or worried he’d done so already. I’m fairly certain his irony meter hovered at zero when he titled his 2000 book of short stories How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life.

There’s probably no better example than Rihanna’s Stargate’s Michael Jackson’s Quincy Jones’ Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa,” which is from 1972. And influence and pastiche and the import-export business are nothing new but such contagions and mutations intensify and accelerate within the regimes of mobile capital and mobile labor and globalization, until they become inseparable from the very idea of pop music: finance capital pop. But these conditions are not just the history of pop, they are the history of history, they are conjoined with the development of what we now call “the world-system,” and this— not what anyone says in a song—is why pop music is political.

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