Worst Rock-and-Roll Records of All Time: A Fan's Guide to the Stuff You Love to Hateby Jimmy Guterman, Owen O'Donnell
Anyone who really loves rock and roll has a taste for the ridiculous as well as the sublime. Here is the first book that explores rock's soft white underbelly. And the results are hilarious, outrageous... and highly informative. For through its analysis of the boring, silly, and truly bad sides of rock and roll, a revisionist history of rock and roll emerges - one in which esteemed artists are allowed to be human and make mistakes and overhyped sacred cows get their due.
What are the worst rock and roll records of all time? While this book contains as expected, schlock entries by such "artists" as excercise guru Richard Simmons, bombastic crud from Iron Butterfly and fluff from Milli Vanilli, readers may be shocked to discover that most of The Worst Rock and Roll Records of All Time is reserved for the worst rock by the best artists: the Rolling Stones, the Who, Aretha Franklin, and many more.
In addition to the two main lists of worst records and the authors' amusing critical commentary, The Worst Rock and Roll Records of All Time contains several special sections, including:
- The 33 1/3 Rules of Rock and Roll ("If you violate these rules, you will make bad rock and roll.") Examples: #2: Do not sing a song about Elvis, especially if you have a Southern accent and have not been in a recording studio before, #13: The more controversial the cause embraced, the more likely the star may actually be committed to it. Do you know anyone in favor of hunger or homelessness?
- Bob Dylan (The Worst Cover Versions of Dylan Songs, The Worst Cover Versions by Bob Dylan and Twenty Ideas Dylan Should Have Thrown Into the Garbage)
- Sibling Banality (Performers who are obviously less talented than their better-known siblings but still won't shut up)
- Elvis Presley ("Tribute" records to the King, Most Senseless Repackages, and a chart analyzing "How Out of Touch Was Elvis in the Sixties?")
The Worst Rock and Roll Records of All Time is illustrated througout with rare albom covers and picture sleeves.
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