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Lipstick Traces by Greil Marcus
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May 15, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: history, culturalstudies
Recommended for: those interested in avant-garde, dadaism, situationism, punk

This book is so many things: (1) a non-linear history of the avant-garde, (2) a broad critique of the everyday life of mid/late capitalist society, (3) an account of punk, anarchy, and the historical/cultural roots of such phenomena, (4) a work of art perhaps?

This book is not for everyone, however. It is, at times, a frustrating, incoherent read - an experiment in historical scholarship. Malcom McLaren himself states that Marcus' book "was a crazy, wild, at times almost inarticulate attempt to do something that nobody else had done before."

Despite this, book is a beautiful piece of art and can serve as a great reference. For anyone interested in Punk, Situationism, and the Avant-Garde.
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