Vol. 1 Brooklyn: The Very Necessary Ellen Willis

By Jason Diamond
Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Willis_NoMore coverI had read a few Ellen Willis essays on music in the past, but until Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music (University of Minnesota Press) was released last year, I’d never had a chance to sit down and immerse myself in her writings. Simply put: Reading Ellen Willis’ thoughts on music was a revelation. Willis had this ability to mix the personal with the political when talking about music that I can’t recall ever reading before–she was truly in a league of her own. I said this when it came out, and I can still say that there is no collection of essays on music more worth having than Out of the Vinyl Depths.

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