This is when best of music book lists appear to help readers with holiday gift suggestions.
I read these best music book lists to see if my purchases appear on critics radar screens. These lists point out valuable music books I have missed and wish to add to my music library.
I have read several best of 2018 music book lists in the past two weeks. I keep returning to The 2018 Music Book Gift Guide from Paste Magazine Top 10 list.
The first music book on Paste’s list is, “Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Music” written by rock journalist, Michael Azerrad.
Michael Azerrad uses Twitter to cultivate his readership, https://twitter.com/RockCriticLaw I follow him primarily to improve my music writing skills. His book helps recognize and avoid music writer tropes which impact effective communication.
If you are a music journalist you will appreciate this book’s tongue in cheek approach. (I’m sorry was that a cliche’?) The use of illustration and narration create a novel method of writer reinforcement.