As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year’s best reads in their beats.
The Song Machine: The hitmakers behind Rihanna — The New Yorker
How not to write about female musicians: a handy guide — The Village Voice
A Sorry State: Pop Marketing and Rihanna’s Apologetic — The Quietus
Jack Outside The Box: Jack White is the coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time — New York Times Magazine
Investigation: ATP — The Stool Pigeon
Did he feel good? James Brown’s epic life and career — City JournalHazel Sheffield is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @hazelsheffield.