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Sound and the Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader 40 Years of Classic Rock Jour

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Longtime music writer and editor Barney Hoskyns decided to build an archive of articles by his favorite rock writers - like Al Aronowitz, Jon Savage, Greil Marcus, Will Self, Lenny Kaye, Mary Harron, and Nick Hornby. Thus was born the website Rock's Backpages (, home to thousands of brilliant reviews and rants, interviews and overviews, that helped d ...more
Published August 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books
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"The Sound And The Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader" is a fun to read collection of top notch music journalism featuring stories from the archives of that hop-scotch across four-plus decades of rock and roll history and give the reader an insight into what type of treasures lies waiting for them on the website.

A few of the great tales told in this print collection include a story on the Beatles 1964 American Invasion (by Al Aronowitz), the rise of David Bowie
This book is an collection of articles written from the late 60's through the early 90's for various magazines, focusing on rock/pop personalities, concert reviews and commentary on significant styles and events of the period. The articles are presented unedited, with prefaces from the authors, who in some cases have nor re-read the work for decades. It's interesting to read some of this material after 30+ years, and realize how much rock journalism has evolved. In some cases, the articles were ...more
blair corbett
pretty great both for historical value and some legitimately excellent reporting and criticism. unfortunately both of the only pieces covering hip hop are cringe-worthy, filled with the condescension of old white men looking down their nose at this morally dissolute gangster rap nonsense, but the highlights include a piece on the marketing of david bowie, playful banter with madonna, a visit to northern soul mecca the wigan casino, a stunning account of altamont, an analysis of the who's career ...more
Andrea Johnson
stories about altamont, KDC
Mr. Brammer
There were some great pieces here, from some legendary writers not necessarily best known as music journalists, i.e. Will Self and Nick Hornby. I especially enjoyed the on-the-ground reporting from Monterey Pop and Altamont - in comparison you could look at the late '60s festival scene as either a utopia or hellscape. My least favorite essay was the one on Joni Mitchell - I love her songs but the interview confirms her tendency towards navel-gazing pretension.
Jul 14, 2007 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you love to read about music, this is a great collection
Shelves: music-reading
some random and rare music writing... this book totally fed my addiction to rock's golden era and then some. it covers a lot of ground- hip-hop, pop and good old rock n' roll. unique music reading. thumbs up.
Rock writers with an atitude, for a change. You may not agree with all of them (I didn't), but I enjoyed reading it nevertheless.
Includes "Give Peace a Chance! Grand Funk Railroad Take Shea Stadium" by Lenny Kaye (1971) and many other gems.
Dec 22, 2007 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rock nerds
"Forced" to read this in 'History of Rock n' Roll' college class. Loved it.
Andy Lobban
Pretty good, apart from the questionable NWA article.
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