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Must-reads of 2012: music

Singing in the new year
December 24, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year’s best reads in their beats.

Grizzly Bear Members Are Indie-Rock Royalty, But What Does That Buy Them in 2012? —

The Song Machine: The hitmakers behind RihannaThe New Yorker

How not to write about female musicians: a handy guideThe 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 timeNew York Times Magazine

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Investigation: ATP — The Stool Pigeon

Interview: Bobby Womack: ‘I can sing my ass off, better than I could before’The Guardian

Did he feel good? James Brown’s epic life and careerCity Journal

Hazel Sheffield is a journalist and filmmaker based in London. She is a former CJR fellow and business editor of the Independent.