Julen er reddet, Oxford American er på vei
Det mange mener er årets beste musikklesning (bortsett fra rootsy.nu), litteraturmagasinet Oxford Americans musikk nummer, kommer dette året sent, ment etter all sansynlighet godt. Magasinet skal være tilgjengelig i USA (bl.a. fra postordrefirmaet villagerecords.com) fra 1. desember. Denne gangen lanserer magasinet et nytt konsept, der de vil fokusere spesielt på en sørstats musikkliv i hvert nummer. Det starter med Arkansas. (Levon Helm?!)
Bladet kommer med en dobbel CD med musikk du ikke nødvendigvis finner på hvert gatehjørne.
Her er utgiverens statemante i saken anledning:
The Oxford American magazine this year will inaugurate a new concept for its award-winning and critically acclaimed annual Southern Music edition, and Arkansas will take center stage.
Beginning in 2009, The Oxford American’s Southern Music issue will focus on the musical heritage of a particular Southern state each year, in addition to covering the breadth and depth of music from the entire region. The first state to be the object of attention will be Arkansas.
»We are very pleased to inaugurate this new concept by focusing on Arkansas,« said Warwick Sabin, publisher of The Oxford American. »Besides being our home state, we also feel that Arkansas has never received the attention it deserves for its rich musical history and experience. The Oxford American — with its outstanding reputation and credibility among music experts and music lovers worldwide — is in a unique position to place Arkansas among the vanguard of musical heritage sites.«
The Oxford American’s 2009 Southern Music issue will include a double-CD package. The first CD will be a mix of Southern music representing a variety of artists and genres, as usually accompanies the magazine’s annual Southern music issue. The second CD will be devoted exclusively to an exploration of music produced in Arkansas or by native Arkansans. The magazine will also include a special editorial section with articles about the artists and songs featured on the Arkansas CD.
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