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The Sound & the Fury : 40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism - Barney (ed) Hoskyns

The Sound & the Fury

40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism

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The Sound & the Fury gathers some of the best and most entertaining rock writing of the last forty years, coming at rock and roll from several different angles and spanning four decades of Good, Bad and Ugly. Among the pieces you will find...

Al Aronowitz documenting the Beatles' arrival in America
Glenn O'Brien dishing the dirt with Madonna
Nick Hornby reappraising Abba
Caroline Coon witnessing the birth of punk
Will Self sparring with Morrissey
Jon Savage entering the fractured mind of Kurt Cobain
Lenny Kaye riding the Grand Funk Railroad

Plus Greil Marcus on The Band, Mary Harron on Andy Warhol, John Mendelssohn in South Central La... and many others.

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More than 400 pages of highlights from the capacious and variegated rocksbackpages.com archive - MOJO stalwart and rocksbackpages co-founder Hoskyns' Intro reflects gloomily on rock journalism's former freedom and irreverence compared to, as he sees it, current collusiveness with "the entertainment machine". One can only hope that was a grey day talking and take inspiration from all the subsequent uproar. While the rehashed live reviews seem to have expired with time, otherwise it's a rush of a read whether the approach is Vivien Goldman's sweaty Northern Soul excitation at the Wigan Casino in 1975 or John Mendelssohn's aggressive 1991 reassessment of NWA as a cynical minstrel show calculated to snare white youth dollars. Virtually yellowed pages maybe, but they are alive with surprise and revelation, viz the extraordinarily cagey Bob Dylan's magnificent declaration of self-worth/egotism extracted by quiet old Mick Brown one night in a Madrid caf . "I don't think I'm gonna be understood until maybe 100 years from now," he said. "What I've done, what I'm doing, nobody else does or has done." - Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 2003

Intro: Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll Writing!
The Beatles: Music's Gold Bugsp. 3
How to Become a Cult Figure in Only Two Years: The Making of David Bowiep. 15
It's Hard to be a Saint in the City: Bruce Springsteem on the Blowerp. 27
Sounds Dirty: The Truth About Nirvanap. 40
Close Encounters
The Seeker: Joni Mitchellp. 58
Marvin Gaye: Earthly Fights & Mystic Flightsp. 71
When Does a Dinosaur Cut Off Its Tail? A Conversation with Neil Youngp. 91
Bob Dylan: 'Jesus, who's got time to keep up with the times?'p. 103
Madonna's Blond Ambitionp. 111
Ice Cube Lets Off Steamp. 130
Morrissey: The King of Bedsit Angst Grows Upp. 146
On the Scene
The Golden Road: A Report on San Franciscop. 159
New York Dolled Up: Glittermania in Gothamp. 173
The Road to Wigan Casino: Northern Soulp. 180
Rebels Without a Pause: The Punk Rock Explosionp. 191
Live from Nashville: A Limey at Large in Music City USAp. 197
Poison the Hood: Niggaz with Attitudep. 232
Monterey Pops! An International Pop Festivalp. 251
Altamont: An Eyewitness Accountp. 271
Lollapalooza: A Woodstock for the Lost Generationp. 287
Live and Direct
Hit the Road Stax! Otis Redding and Friends in Finsbury Parkp. 295
We Can Talk About It Now: The Band at Winterlandp. 300
Give Peace a Chance! Grand Funk Railroad Take Shea Stadiump. 309
Live at the Rainbow: The Return of Eric Claptonp. 327
After the Fact
Mod Generation: The Who's Quadrophenia Through the Yearsp. 333
Pop Art/Art Pop: The Andy Warhol Connectionp. 354
Sound and Visions: Psychedeliap. 378
John Lennon: My Brilliant Careerp. 394
Surfin' Death Valley USA: The Beach Boys and Heavy Friendsp. 399
ABBA: Welcome to the Palindromep. 407
Biographiesp. 411
Indexp. 419
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780747563136
ISBN-10: 0747563136
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st August 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1