Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists

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Soft Skull Press, 2008 - Music - 341 pages
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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’ study are not merely musicians or comedians--they are artists whose works exude defiance and resistance. Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, the Beastie Boys, and Madonna, Ellis reveals how issues of politics, ethics, race, and gender, among others, have energized their expressions of rock (and) humor. 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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I have only read a couple pages and this is one very killer stuff to read. I love the wording of it and it gets so deep on the subject of Rock & Roll. Love this!!!! Can't wait to read it all!!! Not sure how to keep it so I can finish reading it :(. Read 2 pages from the total.

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I was browsing this at a store. It looked like an interesting concept, but it seemed to be missing a chapter on queer humor in music -for instance, could write about stuff like fake homos the Frogs vs. Pansy Division. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Iain Ellis teaches English and youth culture studies at the University of Kansas and writes for PopMatters. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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