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Description - Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z by Jonathan Lethem

In Shake It Up, Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude) and Kevin Dettmar (Is Rock Dead?) offer a hit parade of the most outspoken and distinctly personal voices from a half century of writing about rock and pop music. Here is Lester Bangs on Elvis Presley, Lenny Kaye on doo wop, Ellen Willis on Janis Joplin, Nick Tosches on Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat Hentoff and Luc Sante on Bob Dylan, Nelson George on Marvin Gaye, Eve Babitz on Jim Morrison, Greg Tate on Kanye West, Jessica Harper on emo, Elijah Wald on The Beatles, and Greil Marcus on Christian Marclay's Guitar Drag. Rock music changed America, and Shake It Up reveals that the generation of writers that grew up with it found ways to write about it that mirrored the music's freedom, homemade inventiveness, and rebellious energy. High culture, pop culture, roots culture, the politics of race and gender, philosophical speculation, poetic exploration, and just plain obsessive enthusiasm all came together in a mix that articulated what had been implicit in the music and certified that rock and roll had both an aesthetic and a social significance that demanded critical response. The scope of rock writing has continued to deepen and widen as the music itself has gone through repeated transformations in the eras of punk and hip hop. In probing the roots of America's most popular music and giving voice to its widest implications and influences, these writers created a critical canon as cutting edge as the music they were writing about.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781598535310
ISBN-10: 1598535315
Format: Hardback
(220mm x 159mm x 38mm)
Pages: 580
Imprint: The Library of America
Publisher: The Library of America
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jonathan Lethem

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.

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