Out of the Vinyl Deeps

*Winner of the 2011 ASCAP Deems Taylor award for Pop Music

*Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award 2011 for Criticism

*Spin’s #1 Music Book of the Year

*1 of the L.A. Times’ 10 Best Books of 2011

*1 of the New Republic’s Best Books of 2011

"At a time when rock clichés were still being invented, Willis was already leaving them behind."Rolling Stone

"Canon-changing…[Willis] celebrated the seriousness of pleasure and relished the pleasure of thinking seriously." New York Times

"A timeless compendium of clear thinking and fresh, humane, and persuasive prose."—Jonathan Lethem

"It’s like unearthing the holy grail of rock criticism!" —Kathleen Hanna

An anthology of Ellen Willis’s rock criticism, "Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music" (U of Minnesota), features essays by New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, Best Music Writing editor Daphne Carr, and Rollingstone.com editor Evie Nagy.

Daphne, Evie and I held a historic conference celebrating EW’s work as a pop music critic, feminist, writer and thinker on April 30, 2011 called “Sex, Hope, & Rock and Roll: The Music Writing of Ellen Willis.” Click here to see the lineup.

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Evelyn McDonnell in the NY Times

Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone (4 Stars)

Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly (grade: A)

Review at Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

Corrie Pikul at Elle

David L. Ulin at the L.A. Times

Sara Marcus at the L.A. Review of Books

Q&A with Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker
…and his foreword from the book

Eric Been at The Atlantic

Jon Dolan at Book Forum

Review on NPR’s Fresh Air

Ann Powers on All Things Considered
…and at NPR’s The Record

Nona on WNYC’s Soundcheck 

Maura Johnston at the Village Voice 

Jaime Wolf at the NY Observer

Review at Library Journal

Nona and Devon Powers on GRITtv with Laura Flanders

The Observer’s Very Short List

Q&A with Nona in the Boston Globe

Review in Austin Chronicle

New York Post (“required reading”)

Judy Berman at Slate’s Double X

Marisa Meltzer at Paris Review

New York Mag’s Vulture

Chloe Angyal at Feministing

Kathleen Massara at Flavorwire

Sarah Jaffe at Bitch Blogs’ B Sides

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd at Alternet

Jesse Sposato at New York Press

Eric Danton at the Hartford Courant

Review at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jason Diamond at Vol. 1

Irin Carmon at Jezebel

Review at Bookslut

Review at Frieze Magazine

Ezra Glinter at Jewish Daily Forward

Christian Hagen at AudioSuede

Podcast with Nona at Rockcritics.com

Helena Fitzgerald at The New Inquiry

Amanda Marcotte at Raw Story

Alex Ross at The Rest Is Noise

Daphne Carr at FunBoring

Greg Barbrick at BlogCritics.org/Seattle Post Intelligencer

Scott McLemee at Inside Higher Ed

Alyx Vesey at Feminist Music Geek

KEXP: (Original) Sound and Vision

Review at ForeWord