Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z

Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z

Library of America, May 2017. Hardcover. New. Item #175718
ISBN: 1598535315

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.

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