Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014 by Yale University Press


Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014 by Yale University Press

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What makes the column work — its necessity — is compression and metaphor. How much can you say in the fewest words? Are the 700 or 1,000 word columns in the Voice or Artforum or City Pages, in print publications with a strict word limit, better than the open-ended columns from Salon or the Believer? Here I was trying to capture both her sensibility regarding a song and her sensibility, or instinct, about pop music as such.

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From the author of The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs comes his “Basement Tapes”: the complete “Real Life Rock Top 10” columns

For nearly thirty years, Greil Marcus has written a remarkable column called “Real Life Rock Top Ten.” It has been a laboratory where he has fearlessly explored and wittily dissected an enormous variety of cultural artifacts, from songs to books to movies to advertisements. Taken together, his musings, reflections, and sallies amount to a subtle and implicit theory of how cultural objects fall through time and circumstance and often deliver unintended consequences, both in the present and in the future.
Real Life Rock reveals the critic in full: direct, erudite, funny, fierce, vivid, uninhibited, and possessing an unerring instinct for art and fraud. The result is an indispensable volume packed with startling arguments and casual brilliance.