Essential Rock Books not on that Pitchfork List, #1

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July 14, 2011 by admin

Richard Riegel, Johnny B. Goode: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Which Are Nowhere to be Found in Greil Marcus’s Mystery Train

Sprawling essays on half a dozen groundbreaking south-of-the-49th-parallel rockers, including Chuck Berry, Arthur Lee’s Love, and MX-80 Sound. Dedicated to, and with “cosmic editorial oversight” provided by, Lester Bangs.

(Currently out of print, due to a dispute between author and publisher over the use of the word “America” in the title vs. plain old “the U.S.A.”)

(cf. the actual Pitchfork list.)

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One thought on “Essential Rock Books not on that Pitchfork List, #1

  1. Richard Riegel says:

    Ha! “Currently out of print, due to a dispute . . . ” is a rank exaggeration. I prefer to think of it as more along the lines of “Not written yet.” The working title (this week) is “He Was Cotton Mather’s Batman (& Robin); Who Is Greil Marcus and Why Is He Retailing All These American-Studies Myths about Our Music?!?”

    Thanks for asking,
    Richard “Somewhat Known” Riegel

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