Rebels Wit Attitude
Subversive Rock Humorists
By (author) Iain Ellis
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Rebels Wit Attitude by Iain Ellis
Book DescriptionRock music has been the principal outlet of youth rebellion for more than half a century, and though rock rebels have been idolized and profiled extensively, their humor has not been at the center of attention. In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor in rock music, and its use as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion. The performers who are the subjects of Ellis' study are not merely musicians or comedians--they are artists whose works exude defiance and resistance. Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, the Beastie Boys, and Madonna, Ellis reveals how issues of politics, ethics, race, and gender, among others, have energized their expressions of rock (and) humor. Rebels Wit Attitude is an entertaining look at some of the greatest rebels in American rock culture and a fascinating history of humor and dissent.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781593762063
(210mm x 140mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Soft Skull Press
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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Distinguishing rock humorists from rockers who are merely sometimes humorous, the author focuses on those whose music and persona exude defiance - beginning with the Beatles and Pink Floyd; and continuing through the Smiths and the Slits - to investigate the nature of rock humour and the ways it was used to attack prevailing social structures.
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