I recently finished this book, which took me through the supposed best music writing of last year. I don't know who chose some of the pieces, which I openly acknowledge were well-written, but also openly acknowledge put me to sleep 5 times before I finished them.
Of course, there were some gems - reminders of the absolute mastery of the writing craft - that made me shiver with delight. Inspiration, folks. That's what it's all about.
I'd like you to take a look at my absolute favorite article included in the book:
Unauthorized! Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography, by James Parker
This guy writes a 5-page article, and from my perspective, it must have taken 5 years of research. Goddammit dude! Those are what I call skills!