Stranded: rock and roll for a desert island

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Knopf : distributed by Random House, Dec 1, 1979 - Music - 305 pages
In 1978, Greil Marcus asked twenty other writers on rock - including Dave Marsh, Lester Bangs, Nick Tosches, Ellen Willis, Simon Frith, and Robert Christgau - a question: what one rock and roll album would you take to a desert island? The resulting essays were collected in Stranded, twenty passionate declarations that, appropriately, affirmed the solitary and obsessive activity that rock listening had become. Here are salutes, elegies, thank-you notes, and love letters to records such as The Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet, The Ramones' Rocket to Russia, Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, Something Else by the Kinks, and out-of-print classics by the Ronettes, Little Willie John, and Huey "Piano" Smith; the whole is supplemented with Marcus's own invaluably annotated fifty-page discography, a "Treasure Island" of rock and roll. Stranded remains a classic of rock and roll literature, and perhaps the best possible answer to the question: what one rock and roll book would you take to a desert island?

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The premise of this book was simple: ask twenty writers what rock and roll record they would take to a desert island." Sounds like a flimsy excuse for pulping a lot of trees? It is indeed—but, even ... Read full review


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

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