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Best Music Writing is a beloved annual publication that collects all the world's best music writing. Help it go indie!
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Announcing our 2012 Editorial Board (1 of 2)

Hi Best Music Writing fans,

It’s time for an exciting update. After months of reading, discussion, and thought we have found our inaugural editorial board for the 2012 edition of the book.

This is a crucial new element of the Best Music Writing series. The series was formerly edited by one person, meaning that all submissions and publications were filtered through one set of eyes and one brain. Now there are many, and great they are.

We took comments of a US/UK bias to the book seriously, and worked hard to find smart and dedicated editorial board members who can reach out wherever great English language music writing is. And of course we’re long beyond cultural hierarchy, so we consider all forms of music and sound as long as the words about them are great.

Our new editors will be reaching out to their networks of writers and publications to find great new work so that this edition of the book truly represents a global view of the best music writing. They’ll also be penning a collaborative editorial text that will give a more comprehensive overview of the state of the field, the art of music writing now, and their own thoughts on what makes words on sound so wonderful.

Today let me introduce five of the ten writers and editors who make up our 2012 board:

Michaelangelo Matos

Jewly Hight

Bongani Madondo

Adam Curley

Ann Powers

Tomorrow we will announce the remaining five. Follow us @musicwriting for more info on each editor. We’ll also publish it on our new website, which will launch in beta soon.

Thanks for reading, and especially for supporting us. Spread the news of our great new board if you can.

All best,



Adam Curley is a writer and editor from Melbourne, Australia. His column, “The Breakdown: Pop Culture Therapy,” is published by the national music press publisher Street Press Australia in titles along the east coast of Australia. Adam is the former editor of Inpress, Street Press Australia’s Melbourne title, and currently acts as a Contributing Editor for the publisher. He is a regular contributor to the music and opinion pages of The Big Issue as well as the culture pages of the Sunday edition of Melbourne daily The Age and Australia’s first iPad-only title, Three. Adam’s first works of short fiction will be published in Australian journals in 2012. @AdamPCurley

Jewly Hight has written about popular music for more than a dozen outlets, including Nashville Public Radio, American Songwriter, Relix and The Nashville Scene. Born in North Carolina and raised on both coasts of Florida--the domain of manatees, sea turtles, airboats and alligators--she now lives in Nashville in an 112-year old, mint green house with her husband, their energetic dog and their 1975 Rodgers drum kit. She has a master's from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and happens to be an avid clogger. Right By Her Roots (Baylor University Press, 2011) is her first book. @RightByHerRoots

Bongani Madondo is a Senior Editor/Writer for Rolling Stone South Africa. His quirky, prickly, and, by turns, meditative New Journalism has appeared in Best Life, Readers Digest, Marie Claire, and the Sunday Times Lifestyle, where he was a long-time senior staffer. His urban dystopian fantasy short story “Jordania: 2020,” anchored the 2008 Big Issue Summer Fiction issue. In 2009, Madondo published the critically acclaimed Hot Type: Icons, Artists & God-Figurines (Picador Africa), which was the Sub-Saharan Africa recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and became a fellow at the Advanced Visual Arts Journalism program at the American University in Washington, DC. @bonganimadondo

Michaelangelo Matos is the author of Sign 'O' the Times (Continuum, 2004) and contributes to  NPR Music, eMusic, The Stranger, The Daily Beast, Baltimore City Paper, Rolling Stone, Resident Advisor, and The Guardian. @matoswk75.

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. Powers served as chief pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until she joined NPR. Prior to the Los Angeles Times, she was senior critic at Blender and senior curator at Experience Music Project. From 1997 to 2001 Powers was a pop critic at The New York Times and before that worked as a senior editor at the Village Voice. Powers began her career working as an editor and columnist at San Francisco Weekly. Powers co-wrote Tori Amos: Piece By Piece, with Amos, which was published in 2005. In 1999, Power's book Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America was published. She was the editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of the 1995 book Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap, and Pop and the editor of Best Music Writing 2010. @annkpowers


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