Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists
Rock music has been the principal outlet of youth rebellion for more than half a century, and though rock rebels have been idolized and profiled extensively, their humor has not been at the center of attention. In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor in rock music, and its use as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion. The performers who are the subjects of Ellis's study are not merely musicians or comedians--they are artists whose works exude defiance and resistance, whether aimed at social structures, cultural mores, political systems, or the music industry itself. Ellis proves that the most subversive rock humorists serve as the conscience of our culture. They criticize pretensions, satirize hypocrisy, and pour scorn on power, corruption, and lies. Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Beastie Boys, Missy Elliott, and Madonna, Ellis reveals how issues of politics, nationality, ethics, genre, generation, art, social class, race, gender, and sexuality have energized their expressions of rock (and) humor, in turn affecting social tides in America. Rebels Wit Attitude is an entertaining look at some of the greatest rebels in American rock culture and a fascinating history of humor and dissent.
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Review: Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock HumoristsUser Review - Nick - Goodreads
We may tend to forget that the true driving force behind pop and rock music of the latter half of the 20th Century (and up to the present day) has been subversive humor. In most cases, this humor was ... Read full review
Review: Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock HumoristsUser Review - Jenn - Goodreads
Good informational book. Reading it for a communications class, and giving a speech on "Political Punks"... Read full review