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Louie Louie: The History and Mythology of the World's Most Famous Rock 'n Roll Song; Including the Full Details of Its Torture and Persecution at the Hands of the Kingsmen, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, and a Cast of Millions; and Introducing for the First Time

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A new edition of Dave Marsh's classic work on the three-chord song that rocked the world

"A tale as compelling as any John Grisham thriller."
-Rolling Stone

"Dave Marsh's Louie Louie is part rant, part rock criticism and part cultural analysis, with a good dose of Ripley's Believe It or Not! thrown in."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Marsh keeps the story of one trashy ...

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Overview


A new edition of Dave Marsh's classic work on the three-chord song that rocked the world

"A tale as compelling as any John Grisham thriller."
-Rolling Stone

"Dave Marsh's Louie Louie is part rant, part rock criticism and part cultural analysis, with a good dose of Ripley's Believe It or Not! thrown in."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Marsh keeps the story of one trashy song interesting by revealing how 'three chords and a cloud of dust' contains within it the history and future of rock 'n' roll."
-Booklist

"What you don't know about 'Louie Louie' probably won't hurt you. But everything you need to know is in Marsh's book, including the lyrics-the real ones and the ones people thought they heard. If there is a better measure of your pop-cultural IQ, I don't know where to find it."
-USA Today

 
Since his days as the original editor of Creem, Dave Marsh has been revered as one of rock's greatest critics. During the 70s he was record editor at Rolling Stone, and in 1983 he founded Rock & Roll Confidential. His other books include Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s (1987), and Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who (1983).

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"...once you delve into Dave Marsh's Louie, Louie, with its intrigue, high drama, and twists and turns, it's hard to see what took so long for the full tale to come to light."
---Book Watch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472030231
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 284,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface : the ghost of "Louie Louie"
1 "Let's give it to 'em, right now!" 1
2 A tale of 300 ditties 3
3 Birth of the "Lou"s 12
4 "Louie" in limbo 41
5 "Louie" unleashed 47
6 Spanish castle magic 73
7 "Louie" come home 81
8 Every termite a king 102
9 "Louie" who? 106
10 Combating merchants of filth : the role of "Louie Louie" 114
11 The "Louie" generation 139
12 In search of the ultimate "Louie" 156
13 "Louie" marches on 172
14 The return of "Louie Louie" 191
15 "Louie" reaches Nirvana 200
Maximum "Louie Louie" : a discography 208
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