The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs (häftad)
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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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Engelska
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320
Utgivningsdatum
2015-10-02
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Yale University Press
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200 x 126 x 26 mm
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354 g
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1
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9780300216929
The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs (häftad)

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

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One of our finest critics gives us an altogether original history of rock 'n' roll Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out-a new language, something new under the sun. "Transmission" by Joy Division. "All I Could Do Was Cry" by Etta James and then Beyonce. "To Know Him Is to Love Him," first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse. In Marcus's hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways that these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices. This book, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism-and its most gifted and incisive practitioner-is destined to become an enduring classic.
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"Marcus, of course, is one of the epic figures in rock writing. . . . Like so many of Marcus's previous books, The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs often feels like a tone poem or perhaps a written embodiment of the cultural memory. He flows through the songs and musicians he loves as if creating a waking dream crowded with the stars of rock history."-Toure, The New York Times Book Review -- Toure * The New York Times Book Review * "In his new book, which is surely one of his best and most beautifully written, Marcus revisits ten songs, recorded during the last sixty years, some of them long forgotten, in order to capture the pulsating and powerful language of rock 'n' roll. . . . The book, I am certain, will compel readers to return to the songs Marcus has anointed, and to others. Even if they have heard them before, they will listen to them as if for the first time."-Glenn C. Altschuler, The Huffington Post -- Glenn C. Altschuler * The Huffington Post * "Marcus is our greatest cultural critic, not only because of what he says but also, as with rock-and-roll itself, how he says it."-David Kirby, The Washington Post -- David Kirby * The Washington Post * "This could be Marcus' most inviting book: Emotion paces erudition, and the present gets to ride shotgun with the past, real and imagined."-Will Hermes, Rolling Stone -- Will Hermes * Rolling Stone * "This could be Marcus' most inviting book: Emotion paces erudition, and the present gets to ride shotgun with the past, real and imagined."-Will Hermes, Rolling Stone "Marcus is our greatest cultural critic, not only because of what he says but also, as with rock-and-roll itself, how he says it."-David Kirby, The Washington Post "In his new book, which is surely one of his best and most beautifully written, Marcus revisits ten songs, recorded during the last sixty years, some of them long forgotten, in order to capture the pulsating and powerful language of rock 'n' roll. . . . The book, I am certain, will compel readers to return to the songs Marcus has anointed, and to others. Even if they have heard them before, they will listen to them as if for the first time."-Glenn C. Altschuler, The Huffington Post "Marcus, of course, is one of the epic figures in rock writing. . . . Like so many of Marcus's previous books, The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs often feels like a tone poem or perhaps a written embodiment of the cultural memory. He flows through the songs and musicians he loves as if creating a waking dream crowded with the stars of rock history."-Toure, The New York Times Book Review "Revolutionary."-Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair "For Marcus, every great song is a Rosetta Stone, an esoteric code. This approach gives him great imaginative, literary breadth. . . . Out of Marcus' dozen or so books, Ten Songs is the purest distillation of his ideas. . . . The chapters on Joy Division, on Buddy Holly, and on the two 'Money' songs are tours de force."-Carl Wilson, Slate "True musos need little introduction to Marcus, whose meditations on the rock and pop canon have delighted many. . . . Here, he is at his most ambitious and obtuse, defying the obvious choices to map an alternative history of popular music."-Louis Wise, The Sunday Times "No writer puts you inside the experience of music the way Greil Marcus does. His descriptions of songs, especially, unfold like thrillers or romantic rhapsodies, sucking you in and revealing aspects of each beat or vocal trill that you'd never have noticed on your own. As the most esteemed music writer of his generation, Marcus has made a career of challenging conventional wisdom on everything from Elvis to punk to Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes. . . . It's so much fun to let him drag your brain onto the dance floor."-Ann Powers, NPR.com "Try telling a teenager who's just heard 'Black Dog' for the first time

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Greil Marcus has written many books, including Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock & Roll Music and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, and is the editor, with Werner Sollors, of A New Literary History of America. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He lives in Oakland, CA.