Real Life Rock

Real Life Rock Review

The Washington Post hails Greil Marcus as “our greatest cultural critic.” Writing in the London Review of Books, D. D. Guttenplan calls him “probably the most astute critic of American popular culture since Edmund Wilson.” For nearly thirty years, he has written a remarkable column that has migrated from the Village Voice to Artforum, Salon, City Pages, Interview, and The Believer and currently appears in the Barnes & Noble Review. It has been a laboratory where Marcus has fearlessly explored and wittily dissected an enormous variety of cultural artifacts, from songs to books to movies to advertisements, teasing out from the welter of everyday objects what amounts to a de facto theory of cultural transmission.

Published to complement the paperback edition of The History of Rock & Roll in Ten Songs, Real Life Rock reveals the critic in full: direct, erudite, funny, fierce, vivid, astute, uninhibited, and possessing an unerring instinct for art and fraud. The result is an indispensable volume packed with startling arguments and casual brilliance.

Title:Real Life Rock
Edition Language:English

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  • Tosh

    "Real Life Rock" is Greil Marcus' long-term column of top-ten items per month. Written for various publications and websites. What is impressive is not his taste or opinion, but his ability to wander ...

  • Roxanne

    I won this advance proof copy from Goodreads. Since I am a die hard rock and roll fan I was sure happy to win this book. This is a book composed of columns this author has written for different compan...

  • Becca W

    I won this book for free in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought it was quite interesting and it was unlike any book that I've read so far. It kept my attentio...

  • Kimley

    This is going to take forever... cause it's impossible to read without checking all this stuff out...But what a lot of fun!...

  • Eric

    This was a beast of a book. I've been reading it off and on for almost three years and it's the kind of thing that I could return to over and over for the rest of my life probably. It is basically one...

  • John

    It has taken me eight months to read this, in bites of 50 or so I-book pages, between other books. I was exited, agitated, exasperated, annoyed, pleased, angry..... but always interested, not necessar...

  • Patrick McCoy

    I think I first came across Greil Marcus' criticism on Salon.com, where his column, "Real Life Rock," appeared from 1990-2003. This led me to track down a couple of his books, The Shape of Things to C...

  • Christopher McQuain

    What a slog (it took me many months to get through it), and it's mostly my fault: I read this book from cover to cover, in the chronological order in which Marcus's "Real Life Top 10" columns compiled...

  • Jennifer

    Fantastic read, a meandering tour through the history of American Rock and Roll. I was not familiar with the author's various newspaper and magazine columns over the years, but it seems he really know...

  • Jason Brezinski

    So many things to track down from these lists. Books, bands, songs.And a very good eye on history as it's happening. It's interesting to read the columns written during the entry of the W Bush preside...