In 1968, the New Yorker hired Ellen Willis as its first popular music critic. Her column, Rock, Etc., ran for seven years and established Willis as a leader in cultural commentary and a pioneer in the nascent and otherwise male-dominated field of rock criticism. As a writer for a magazine with a circulation of nearly half a million, Willis was also the countryGÇÖs most widely read rock critic. With a voice at once sharp, thoughtful, and ecstatic, she covered a wide range of artistsGÇöBob Dylan, The Who, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joni Mitchell, the Velvet Underground, Sam and Dave, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie
WonderGÇöassessing their albums and performances not only on their originality, musicianship, and cultural impact but also in terms of how they made her feel.Out of the Vinyl Deeps
collects for the first time WillisGÇÖs Rock, Etc. columns and her other writings about popular music from this period (including liner notes for works by Lou Reed and Janis Joplin) and reasserts her rightful place in rock music criticism.
Reviewed in the New Your Times