If your valentine has a reverence for rock ’n’ roll, there’s a book (or ebook) that may be the perfect way to say “Let’s sit together and read.”

Out of The Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music is a posthumous anthology of the work of a woman who was, among a great many other things, the first popular music critic at The New Yorker.  It has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in the criticism category.

This volume was Spin’s Number One Music Book of the Year, one of the Los Angeles Times’s 10 Best Books of 2011, one of The New Republic’s Best Books of 2011.  It is the legacy of a woman who was born in 1941 and died in 2006.The span of time between her death and the gathering of her work into an anthology speaks of how timeless her insights will always be.

About her rock criticism Rolling Stone said this: “At a time when rock clichés were still being invented, Willis was already leaving them behind.”  Perhaps you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day by celebrating this woman, who lived to 64 and understood what youth produced while indelibly explaining what the maturity of their music would mean.

Start the conversation

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.