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In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992 / Edition 1

In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992 / Edition 1

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Was punk just another moment in music history, a flash in time when a group of young rebels exploded in a fury of raw sound, outrageous styles, and in-your-face attitude? Greil Marcus, author of the renowned Lipstick Traces, delves into the after-life of punk as a much richer phenomenon—a form of artistic and social rebellion that continually erupts into popular culture.

In more than seventy short pieces written over fifteen years, he traces the uncompromising strands of punk from Johnny Rotten to Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, even Bruce Springsteen. Marcus's unparalleled insight into present-day culture and brilliant ear for music bring punk's searing half-life into deep focus. Originally published in the U.S. as Ranters and Crowd Pleasers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674445772
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/15/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Greil Marcus is the author of The Doors, Mystery Train, and other books.

Table of Contents


Prologue: The End of the 1960s

Two Late Beginnings

Johnny Rotten and Margaret Drabble

The End of an Antichrist: Sex Pistols, Winterland, San Francisco, 14 January 1978


Elvis Costello: The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 16 November 1977

The Clash

Doom Squad

From 1979, Remove 7, Add Zero to 9, Then Wait

Dead Air

Live at the Roxy

Gang of Four


Rock Death in the 1970s: A Sweepstakes


Fear in the Marketplace: Real Life Rock Top Ten 1979

Hi, this is America.

War in the Catamaran

Plague Disco

Ripped to Shreds

It's Fab, It's Passionate, It's Wild, It's Intelligent! It's the Hot New Sound of England Today!

Love and Death in the American Novel

Elvis Costello's Bill of Rights

The Roots of Punk, #783

Yes Nukes

Success and Failure in the Wilderness

Suspicious Minds

The Next President of the United States


Life and Life Only

Songs of Random Terror: Real Life Rock Top Ten 1980

Ideal Home Noise

Crimes Against Nature

The Au Pairs in Their Time

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Charts of the Gods

Food Fight: Real Life Rock Top Ten 1981

Life After Death

Dial Twisting

from Elvis Costello Repents: The Rolling Stone Interview



The Mekons Story

In the Fascist Bathroom

Free Speech, #1

Imperial Margarine

Gone with the Wind

Four More Years

400,000 More Years

Corrupting the Absolute

Number One with a Bullet

Less Than Zero

The Last President of the United States


Alone and Forsaken

The Last Broadcast

King of Nebraska

Flat, Toneless and Tiresome


Sand in Your Mouth

U.S.A. Combat Heroes

The Return of King Arthur

Free Speech, #2


Born Dead

The Return of Iron Butterfly

Judgment Day


More Bad News

Groovy Hate Fuck

Punk Is Where You Find It

An Echo

The Assassin

Chapters from History

Three Premature Endings

The Return of the Ranter

The End of the 1980s

The Return of the Antichrist

Epilogue: A Brief Return of the 1960s: Real Life Rock Top Ten Spring 1991

I am a Cliché





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Matt Groening

Greil Marcus is the only writer I'd trust to explain what all that horrible screaming, vile spitting, and great punk music was really all about.

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