In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992

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Harvard University Press, 1999 - Music - 438 pages
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Was punk just another moment in music history, a flash in time when a group of young rebels exploded in a fury of raw sound, outrageous styles, and in-your-face attitude? Greil Marcus, author of the renowned Lipstick Traces, delves into the after-life of punk as a much richer phenomenon‚e"a form of artistic and social rebellion that continually erupts into popular culture.

In more than seventy short pieces written over fifteen years, he traces the uncompromising strands of punk from Johnny Rotten to Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, even Bruce Springsteen. Marcus's unparalleled insight into present-day culture and brilliant ear for music bring punk's searing half-life into deep focus. Originally published in the U.S. as Ranters and Crowd Pleasers.

  

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Review: Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992

User Review  - Clay - Goodreads

I'm really really into music. I watch reviews by theneedledrop, read Nick Hornby novels and check Pitchfork for Best New Music regularly. So when I found this book in a flea market I figured that I ... Read full review

Review: Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

A fine collection of Marcus' writings that revolve around punk and postpunk music for the likes of Rolling Stone, Artforum, and other publications. It's a reminder of how intelligent and thoughtful ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The End of the 1960s
9
Johnny Rotten and Margaret Drabble
17
The Old Waldorf San Francisco
25
Doom Squad
34
Dead Air
42
Gang of Four
50
A Sweepstakes
57
This
199
Real Life Rock Top Ten 1981
204
Life After Death
210
Dial Twisting
216
Badlands
235
The Mekons Story
241
Imperial Margarine
258
Corrupting the Absolute
275

Real Life Rock Top Ten 1979
81
Hi this is America
87
War in the Catamaran
93
Ripped to Shreds
105
Love and Death in the American Novel
131
The Roots of Punk 783
138
Success and Failure in the Wilderness
146
The Next President of the United States
159
Life and Life Only
167
Ideal Home Noise
176
Crimes Against Nature
182
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
195
The Last President of the United States
290
King of Nebraska
311
U S A Combat Heroes
327
Born Dead
345
More Bad News
358
An Echo
365
The Return of the Ranter
377
A Brief Return of the 1960s Real Life Rock
383
AM A CLICHE
391
Citations
409
Acknowledgments
421
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About the author (1999)

Greil Marcus is the author ofLipstick Traces,The Dustbin of History(both from Harvard), andThe Shape of Things to Come,The Old, Weird America,Mystery Train, and other books.

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