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Rock 'Til You Drop: The Decline from Rebellion to Nostalgia

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In the 1960s and early 70s rock and rebellion went arm in arm. This was the generation that angrily refused to grow up, to settle down. The Who captured the zeitgeist with precision: 'I hope I die before I get old.'" "Yet, thirty years later, many of the icons of rock and roll's angry childhood are not only still alive but continue to haul themselves up on stage, limping through old standards with performances that have lost all edge and meaning. As the grizzled old men of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young undertake yet another tour, Cher makes her umpteenth comeback, and Yes grind out their old standards to punters at gambling resorts, John Strausbaugh reflects acidly on the declining charm of colostomy rock. Strausbaugh interleaves acute reflections by commentators such as Ellen Willis, and legendary figures such as John Sinclair (manager of the notorious MC5) and Tuli Kupferberg of the Fugs, with his own take on the business of rock and roll. Intemperate and savvy, he rails at the timidity of Rolling Stone's hipster capitalism, the sterility of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the appalling prospect of the Stones heading out on the road again after live appearances that were dubbed the 'Steel Wheelchairs' tour. He talks to the engaging Giorgio Gromelsky, manager of the Yardbirds, about the early days of rock and roll in London, and to Soul Coughing founder Mike Doughty about how a younger generation of musicians see the business today.

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Strausbaugh reflects acidly on a generation that started out as self-anointed world changers and ended up as short-changers of the ideals that were the genesis of their art. Photos.

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Strausbaugh's acid commentary accuses a generation of once-idealist artists of becoming the empty purveyors of a new tune: colostomy rock.

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The Who captured the zeitgeist with precision: 'I hope I die before I get old'. Yet many of these icons of rebellion didn't die, and continue to limp on ...and on. In the current climate of musical retrospection, the jaded spectres of rock and roll fame haunt the limelight. Strausbaugh reflects acidly on a generation that started our as self-anointed world-changers and ended up as short changed of the ideals that were the genesis of their art. Cholostomy rock has arrived and it's not a pretty sight.

About the Author

John Strausbaugh is the editor of New York Press. His previous books include E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859846292
Author:
Strausbaugh, John
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-259).
Series Volume:
99A
Publication Date:
20010817
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.3 x 6.5 x 1.1 in 1.115 lb

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Product details 264 pages Verso - English 9781859846292 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Strausbaugh reflects acidly on a generation that started out as self-anointed world changers and ended up as short-changers of the ideals that were the genesis of their art. Photos.
"Synopsis" by , Strausbaugh's acid commentary accuses a generation of once-idealist artists of becoming the empty purveyors of a new tune: colostomy rock.
"Synopsis" by , The Who captured the zeitgeist with precision: 'I hope I die before I get old'. Yet many of these icons of rebellion didn't die, and continue to limp on ...and on. In the current climate of musical retrospection, the jaded spectres of rock and roll fame haunt the limelight. Strausbaugh reflects acidly on a generation that started our as self-anointed world-changers and ended up as short changed of the ideals that were the genesis of their art. Cholostomy rock has arrived and it's not a pretty sight.
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