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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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The Best Music Writing 2012 editorial board (2 of 2)

Hello folks, 

Today we announced the second set of writers to be part of our first ever Best Music Writing editorial board. The list includes Miles Marshall Lewis, Anupa Mistry, Mark Richardson, Alex Ross, and Victoria Segal. 

Combine them with the previously announced board members (Adam Curley, Jewly Hight, Bongani Madondo, Michaelangelo Matos, and Ann Powers) and you have an unstoppable force of brilliance on music, well-trained brains dedicated to the task of finding, sorting, and selecting great music writing for the book. The real question is, how will we manage to only have 35-40 pieces in the book?

Every year in the past, the series has included an "Other Notable" section containing writing we thought was really great but simply didn't fit in the book. Seems like the better solution would be to call this list, as well as those reprinted in the book, The Best Music Writing of __x year___.

So Best Music Writing is changing for the better, and we thank you sincerely for being a supporter of that change. Keep spreading the word about the project. We only have a few days left and a little more to go!

Many thanks,


2012 Best Music Writing Editorial Board (Part II)

Miles Marshall Lewis blogs about Paris, hip hop, pop culture and the arts at He is a recognized pop culture critic, essayist, literary editor, fiction writer, and music journalist. MML is author of the essay collection Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises, concerning coming of age in the Bronx under the aegis of hip hop culture at its genesis. He was also the series editor and founder of Bronx Biannual (2006-07), an urbane urban literary journal of fiction and essays, and author of There’s a Riot Goin’ On, a book on the making of the seminal 1971 Sly and the Family Stone album of the same name.
 During the past 19 years, MML has written for The Nation, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Believer, Spin, L.A. Weekly, The Believer, Wax Poetics, Essence, Dazed and Confused, The Fader, One More Robot,,, The Huffington Post and many other publications. He served as the music editor of Vibe, deputy editor of XXL, literary editor of Russell Simmons’s Oneworld, deputy editor of, and a contributing writer for The Source during the 1990s.

 His interview with the late Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is anthologized in The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers alongside Joan Didion, Zadie Smith and Dave Eggers, and his fiction has been published in Bronx Noir, Wanderlust, Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract, Oneworld, Rap Pages, Bronx Biannual, Uptown, and Open. Lewis's nonfiction has likewise been anthologized in editor Rebecca Walker's Black Cool: A Thousand Streams of Blackness, Music + Travel Worldwide: Touring the Globe Through Sounds and Scenes, and Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey. After seven years in Paris, MML currently lives in Harlem. @furthermucker

Anupa Mistry lives in Toronto and writes on music, pop culture, and diversity for the Toronto Standard, NOW Magazine, Exclaim!, CBC Hip-Hop and AOL/Spinner. Her work has also been published in Toronto Life, FASHION, POUND, The Grid and ELLE Canada. One time she went on TV, taking the couch on MuchMusic's Rap City to talk about controversial internet rapper Lil B. Anupa is also a juror for Canada's Polaris Music Prize. @_anupa

Mark Richardson is the Editor-in-Chief of Pitchfork and the author of Zaireeka, a book in the 33 1/3 series about the Flaming Lips album. His column, Resonant Frequency, has appeared regularly on Pitchfork since 2001. Mark taught a course on music writing at Columbia College Chicago and his work has appeared in publications including the Village Voice, LA Weekly, Kill Screen, and Metro Times Detroit. @_markrichardson

Alex Ross has been a music critic at The New Yorker since 1996. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ross has received an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2012 he will receive the Belmont Prize in Germany. His second book, Listen to This, appeared in 2010. He is also the co-editor, with Daphne Carr, of the 2011 edition of Best Music Writing. He is now working on a book entitled Wagnerism. A native of Washington DC, he now lives in Manhattan and is married to the filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki. @alexrossmusic

Victoria Segal is a longtime British music writer for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Q, the New Statesman, Melody Maker, NME, and MOJO, among others. 

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Rahawa Haile is a fiction writer living in New York City. She currently records and edits live video for the jazz-oriented non-profit Search & Restore. @RahawaHaile 


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