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Alex V. Cook

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Darkness, Racket and Twang: Essential Listening from the Fringes of Popular and Unpopular Music (Nonfiction)
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Description: Darkness, Racket and Twang announces a new passionate voice in the world of rock journalism in Alex V. Cook. Instead of miring articles in this collection with dull history and celebrity gossip, Cook lays bare the relationship between the listener and the music. Each article in the book depicts a short, often temporary connection with a clutch of records you probably have never heard, letting rock music serve as a launch pad for enlightenment. His opinions are as vehement as they are controversial. Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, who gets discussed in the book, described it as "enlightening and at times infuriating (like any book about music should be)." While the music buying public grows ever more jaded, Cook's urgent and impassioned prose is a necessity on the modern cultural landscape. Originally published in personal journals and public websites, the pieces in this collection capture an original voice stepping beyond the veneer of rock-n-roll and and opening the doors of constant epiphany that the author experiences along the margins of popular, and more often, unpopular music. It is as much travel writing, documenting the psychic terrain of the music-obsessed, as it is criticism.
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