Granta 65: London Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

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Blithely ignore the dictum (usually attributed to Elvis Costello) that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, Granta 76: Music is all about music. The range of musical styles tackled by the contributors is wide--from New OrleansMoreBlithely ignore the dictum (usually attributed to Elvis Costello) that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, Granta 76: Music is all about music. The range of musical styles tackled by the contributors is wide--from New Orleans Bounce Rap and Debussy to Bob Dylan and Kathleen Ferrier--though curiously no one has chosen to write about jazz.

(There is Richard Williamss excellent piece on Frank Sinatras mob-funded hotel, the Cal-Neva, but that hardly counts.) The most apposite, if a little trite, way to view this collection is as a kind of literary version of the mix tape. Nick Hornby, no stranger to chronicling the delights of mix tapes, writes about them again here. Like the scads of anthologies or greatest-hits packages available, mix tapes usually have a distinct whiff of nostalgia about them. The majority of articles in Granta 76: Music are autobiographical, but they manage (largely) to steer clear of misty-eyed reflection or sentimentality.

Andrew OHagan, for example, movingly pays tribute to his aunt Famie and her favorite song Cecilia, while Craig Brown resurrects the odd moment from his childhood when Gin gan gooly suddenly made more sense than I am the Walrus (goo-goo-ga joo). This volume is not without its fast-forward moments (Philip Henshers gauche and flabby Brandy for one), but with such delights as Greil Marcuss profile of the American folk archivist Harry Smith and Julie Burchill explaining why she never wants to hear Massive Attacks Unfinished Sympathy again, its more Blood on the Tracks than Self-Portrait.

--Travis Elborough, Amazon.co.uk



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