Last July, the high school writers of 826CHI's Teen Press Corps attended Pitchfork Music Festival, where they interviewed artists, watched them perform, and wrote about their experiences. The product is Surround Sound, Vol. I, a collection of short essays, interviews, and artist profiles that meditate on music and memory.
“My female mosh pit guardians are the reason I return show after show to the dangerous, life-threatening, heart-jolting pit. It’s the shared experience we all have: the thrilling feeling of belonging to a group, and the struggle that comes with being left behind.”
-Penelope, grade 10
In the book's foreword, music journalist Tara Mahadevan writes, “When I read these young people’s stories, I was reminded of the wonder music has always brought me.” These pieces of music journalism will throw you into the heart-jolting mosh pit and shake you awake to the magic of live music.
“I was born in an old and slightly rundown Victorian home in Florida. The home was used as a school of midwives. When my mom went into labor, my dad had a playlist prepared for it. Coco Rosie, Velvet Underground, Air, and Postal Service echoed off the walls of the large Victorian room.”
-Nico C., grade 9
From a profile of rapper Ric Wilson to an interview with Tasha to a memoir of the moment when “The Beatles stopped being just music and became that feeling in my stomach,” these pieces sing about the role that music plays in forming young identity. This anthology of music journalism is perfect for the music lover ages 11+ in your life.