Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock & Roll

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 28, 2012 - Music - 480 pages
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Night Beat is a look at the disruption of culture as viewed through the history of rock music, its activists, its politics, the lives lived and lives grieved for during an epoch of upheaval. The author’s personal touchstones (Bob Dlan, John Lydon, Lou Reed and others) are mixed with his interviews and encounters as a Rolling Stone journalist (such as The Clash, Sinéad O’Connor, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett) and a sampling of critical indulgences.

This book is a mix of the best of Mikal Gilmore’s writing and new and re-fashioned pieces which together tell the story of the people who made rock music, and who will carry rock & roll into the twenty-first century.

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NIGHT BEAT: Collected Writings on Rock & Roll Culture and Other Disruptions

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Essays on pop culture by longtime Rolling Stone contributor Gilmore, steeped in the same sensitivity to moral and emotional darkness that made his memoir, Shot in the Heart (1994), a classic American ... Read full review

Night beat: a shadow history of rock & roll

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Gilmore is perhaps best known as the brother of executed killer Gary Gilmore, whose story he related in the award-winning Shot in the Heart. But he has also been a rock critic with Rolling Stone for 20 years, and his criticism is collected here. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Mikal Gilmore is the award-winning author of Shot in the Heart, the story of his brother Gary’s murders and the history of his family. He is also one of America’s leading rock critics. Gilmore has written about rock and roll music for many publications including Rolling Stone. Picador has published a collection of his essays, profiles, reviews and cultural criticism.

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