Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z (A Library of America Special Publication)

Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z (A Library of America Special Publication)

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Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z (A Library of America Special Publication) by Jonathan Lethem

THE ESSENTIAL PLAYLIST OF GREAT WRITING ABOUT THE MUSIC THAT ROCKED AMERICA 

Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar's Shake It Up invites the reader into the tumult and excitement of the rock revolution through fifty landmark pieces by a supergroup of writers on rock in all its variety, from heavy metal to disco, punk to hip-hop. Stanley Booth describes a recording session with Otis Redding; Ellen Willis traces the meteoric career of Janis Joplin; Ellen Sander recalls the chaotic world of Led Zeppelin on tour; Nick Tosches etches a portrait of the young Jerry Lee Lewis; Eve Babitz remembers Jim Morrison. Alongside are Lenny Kaye on acapella and Greg Tate on hip-hop, Vince Aletti on disco and Gerald Early on Motown; Robert Christgau on Prince, Nelson George on Marvin Gaye, Luc Sante on Bob Dylan, Hilton Als on Michael Jackson, Anthony DeCurtis on the Rolling Stones, Kelefa Sanneh on Jay Z. The story this anthology tells is a ongoing one: “it’s too early,” editors Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar note, “for canon formation in a field so marvelously volatile—a volatility that mirrors, still, that of pop music itself, which remains smokestack lightning. The writing here attempts to catch some in a bottle.” 

Also features:

NAT HENTOFF on BOB DYLAN 
AMIRI BARAKA on R&B 
LESTER BANGS on ELVIS PRESLEY 
ROBERT CHRISTGAU on PRINCE 
DEBRA RAE COHEN on DAVID BOWIE 
EVE BABITZ on JIM MORRISON 
ROBERT PALMER on SAM COOKE 
CHUCK KLOSTERMAN on HEAVY METAL 
JESSICA HOPPER on EMO 
JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN on AXL ROSE 
ELIJAH WALD on THE BEATLES 
GREIL MARCUS on CHRISTIAN MARCLAY 

and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598535327
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 616
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of The Fortress of Solitude and nine other novels; KEVIN DETTMAR is the author of Is Rock Dead? and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Left Bennington College after two years

Table of Contents

Introduction Jonathan Lethem Kevin Dettmar xi

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Nat Hentoff 1

From the Changing Same (R&B and New Black Music) Amiri Baraka 8

Learning from the Beatles Richard Poirier 19

Goodbye Surfing, Hello God? Jules Siegel 42

Master of Mediocrity Richard Goldstein 62

Outlaw Blues Paul Williams 71

The Memphis Soul Sound Stanley Booth 94

From Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia Lillian Roxon 114

The Best of Acappella Lenny Kaye 123

From The Aesthetics of Rock Richard Meltzer 138

Inside the Cages of the Zoo Ellen Sander 151

From the Disco Files Vince Aletti 166

Valley of the New York Dolls Paul Nelson 176

Where Were You When Elvis Died? Lester Bangs 189

In Defense of Rock Theory Greg Shaw 196

Prince Robert Christgau 204

The Cars' Power Steering Jon Pareles 213

Janis Joplin Ellen Willis 226

The Slits Go Native Carola Dibbell 234

David Bowie Eats His Young Debra Rae Cohen 238

From Hellfire Nick Tosches 242

Boys' Night Out: Aztec Camera Clicks Ariel Swartley 252

The Power and the Glory Nelson George 256

King Solomon: The Throne in Exile Peter Guralnick 264

Sylvia's Husband Donna Gaines 287

From The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made Dave Marsh 297

The Ramones Chuck Eddy 305

Jim Morrison Is Dead and Living in Hollywood Eve Babitz 314

From Route 666 Gina Arnold 328

Houses of the Holy Ann Powers 331

Sam Cooke's Night Beat Robert Palmer 336

From One Nation Under a Groove Gerald Early 343

Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run Ed Ward 354

Total Systems Failure Camden Joy 358

From Fargo Rock City Chuck Klosterman 363

Seven Years in the Life Geoffrey O'Brien 377

From O.P.D. / Deus Est Vivus: The Beatles and the Death Cults Devin McKinney 389

Emo: Where the Girls Aren't Jessica Hopper 398

From Live at the Apollo Douglas Wolk 405

Ray Charles David Hajdu 415

I Is Somebody Else Luc Sante 422

The Final Comeback of Axl Rose John Jeremiah Sullivan 441

In Praise of Assholes Greg Tate 463

Say You Want a Revolution … Elijah Wald 469

Michael Hilton Als 497

The Runaways: Wild Thing Evelyn McDonnell 504

Word: Jay-Z's decoded and the Language of Hip-Hop Kelefa Sanneh 517

Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams: Punk Rock, Disco, New York City & the Triumph of the Rolling Stones' Some Girls Anthony DeCurtis 529

After 30 Years, I Finally Went to a Barry Manilow Concert Danyel Smith 536

Guitar Drag Greil Marcus 543

Sources and Acknowledgments 559

Index 567

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