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Greatest Hits in Memphis

Stephen Deusner has a nice write up of 33 1/3 Greatest Hits in last week’s Memphis Flyer.

“Like most best-of compilations, 33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 is only a partial portrait of a larger subject, in this case Continuum’s popular series that features writers from different backgrounds extolling the virtues of their favorite albums. The series’ greatest virtue is its breadth: Contributors include academics, critics, and musicians, who expound on rock, pop, funk, hip-hop, soul, folk, dance, alternative, and Prince. Admirably, editor David Barker dictates no approach to the albums, allowing the writers to consider the music academically, historically, or autobiographically. The result is a diverse and multifaceted series that covers not just the range of popular music but the gamut of pop-music criticism.”

I would put up the whole review if I were cutting and pasting, but I’m typing this out by hand, so I’ll have to stop there…

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