Vol. 9: Concept Album

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Failure Addict
by ROB HORNING

Rank and File Countrypolitan
by TIM BARKER

The Sound and the Fury
by BETH LESSER

Jihad Against Jihad Against Jihad
by KENDRA SALOIS

Loving the Alien
by ROBIN JAMES

Everybody Have Fun Tonight
by LEAH CALDWELL

Spotevangelism
by WHITNEY ERIN BOESEL

That Oceanic Feeling
by TAVIA NYONG’O

Punk’s Not
by WILLIE OSTERWEIL

Unsolicited Advice for Living in the End Times
by MICHAEL SEIDENBERG

Response to Call for Submissions
by GREIL MARCUS

The point of looking at music and failure is not to revel in cynicism or absolve complacency through defeat but to acknowledge that music nurtures despair as often as it redeems it. It instills feelings of exclusion with every moment of inclusivity it inspires. Recognizing this is essential before we can really hear anything, before we can really surrender to what we think we are hearing…

 — Editorial Note

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