Writing about bands, concerts, and new releases sounds like an obvious avenue for any writer who loves music. Yet writing about music professionally is more than just jotting down a few words about what you do or don’t like about a certain band or attending a concert and giving a gist of the show.
Understanding how to critique music while having an understanding of the scene and industry it exists in is essential for successful music writing.
How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers by editors Marc Woodworth and Ally-Jane Grossan is a collection of interviews with musicians and industry professionals as well as excerpts from the critically-acclaimed 33 1/3 series that has experienced writers taking on “go-to genres” such as:
- Album reviews
- Live reviews
- Personal essays
- Blog posts
- artist profiles
- Cultural criticisms
- Music scenes
Breaking the sections into relevant and popular areas of music-writing creates immediate interest in this book and the notable names give it credit. Comprehensive advice is given and backed-up by plenty of examples and references.
A book that can be read straight through or kept as a quick guide when needed, How to Write About Music is a book that every music writer should read over at least once.
If you’re a music writer who wants to improve on their craft or are interested in getting into any aspect or area of music writing, you should be sure to grab yourself a copy of this book.