Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Best Music Writing Series?

Best Music Writing

There was a Kickstarter campaign started to fund  a 2012 edition of the fine books series Best Music Writing.  I bought all these books which rounded up the previous years best articles.  So, when I found out they were doing a Kickstarter to keep the series alive (after not getting anyone else to publish it), I donated a little bit of money.  To be honest, it was so long ago I forgot, but it was definitely under $50.  2012 and half of 2013 went by and I had completely forgot about the whole thing.  Until an article showed up from Vice wondering what happened to the over $17,000 that was raised for the book.

It turns out the book project had been dead for awhile.  Critic Daphne Carr underestimated how much trouble self-publishing a book that required getting permission for articles from other sources would be. But the Vice article also shed light on the biggest problem here: why hadn't Carr notified us backers about the plight of the book?  And why did it take an article for her to come clean.

Now she is promising to return the money to all backers.  Fair enough.  But in the end, the saddest thing about this story is that the Best Music Writing book series appears dead.  Most likely another casualty of the Internet age.
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