A Whore Just Like The Rest: The Music Writings Of Richard Meltzer

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He is one of the inventors of rock criticism. His first book, The Aesthetics of Rock (acclaimed by Greil Marcus as "a disemboweling of rock's soft white underbelly"), became an instant cult classic when published in 1970. And for the next thirty years he fearlessly expanded the boundaries of music writing. Now he has collected the best of his prodigious output into a gonzo sampler of the reviews, profiles, interviews, and essays that form the heart of his rockwriter legacy. Traveling from psychedelia to the "dinosaur-rot early '70s" to the redeeming majesty of punk and the constant solace of jazz, this will stand as a remarkable document of an era by a singular voice in music writing.

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Richard Meltzer is the author of over a dozen books, including A Whore Just Like the Rest-winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-and innumerable articles. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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"...thought-provoking, funny and genuinely original...one of the most life-affirming books you may ever encounter." -- New York Press, May 31 - June 6, 2000

"A Whore Just Like the Rest drags the unbathed early days of rock criticism into the spit-polished present, kicking and screaming and threatening to knock the hair gel off your head." -- RollingStone.com-April 26, 2000

"A must read...Find a comfortable place to sit while reading, because this book'll knock you on your ass." -- Shout Magazine, April 2000

"Essential reading for anyone entertaining thoughts of a writing career." -- Library Journal, June 15, 2000

"Meltzer is a stylish and substantive writer - provocative and incisive." -- Boston Globe, May 10, 2000

"Meltzer, the Yale-educated smartass whose jivey patois could not conceal his intellectual heft...has written for Rolling Stone, Creem, Spin, and many others. A sampling of his prodigious output is found in A Whore Just Like the Rest." -- Detour, April 2000

"essential to anyone interested in the genesis of writing on rock." -- Billboard, May 6, 2000

Looking for madcap invention, unabashed honesty, gleeful shamelessness? Meltzer's your man, and Whore's your book. -- Entertainment Weekly, Tom Sinclair

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