Ranters & Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92

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Doubleday, 1993 - Music - 438 pages
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In this collection of Greil Marcus's most incisive writing on punk rock and the punk-influenced pop music in its wake, America's preeminent pop music and cultural critic presents a chronicle of the punk years, portraits of key bands, and revealing analysis of their music.

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Ranters and crowd pleasers: punk in pop music, 1977-92

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What distinguishes Marcus from his rock critic peers is his innate ability as a social cryptographer to decode popular music symbols and their significance within a larger context. The big-picture ... Read full review


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Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic," "Dead Elvis," "Lipstick Traces," & "Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum," "Interview," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," & "Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000.

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