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Pretty wide-ranging collection from a long-standing literary journal, all devoted (as the title suggests) to music. Some of this was well-executed, some struggled to hold my attention. Greil Marcus never fails to deliver some quality material, and his contribution, a piece on Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music (something of a pet topic for him) is a typically excellent work. Richard Williams' exploration of Frank Sinatra's mob ties was interesting as an explication of something I had...
The highlights are the pieces by Nik Cohn, Ian Jack, Alan Rusbridger and Greil Marcus. Nick Hornby's piece is also worthwhile but insubstantial.