In The Heart of Rock & Soul, veteran rock critic Dave Marsh offers a polemical guide to the 1,001 greatest rock and soul singles ever made, encompassing rock, metal, R&B, disco, folk, funk, punk, reggae, rap, soul, country, and any other music that has made a difference over the past fifty years. The illuminating essays—complete with music history, social commentary, and personal appraisals—double as a mini-history of popular music. Here you will find singles by artists as wide-ranging as Aretha Franklin, George Jones, Roy Orbison, the Sex Pistols, Madonna, Run-D.M.C., and Van Halen. Featuring a new preface that covers the hits—and misses—of the '90s, The Heart of Rock & Soul remains as provocative, passionate, and timeless as the music it praises.
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Dave Marsh is the author of the bestselling Bruce Springsteen biographies, Born to Run and Glory Days, and over a dozen other books, including Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who, Louie, Louie: The History and Myth, and The New Book of Rock Lists. A former editor of Creem and Rolling Stone, he currently edits the newsletter Rock & Roll Confidential.From Library Journal:
Rock critic, biographer, and guru Marsh holds court for over 650 pages, pontificating in overwrought prose on the virtues of each single, numbered sequentially from 1 to 1001, he deems worthy of inclusion in the pantheon of rock. The impetus for this self-indulgent work, as explained in the introduction, is to redress historical slights and provide a revisionist approach to Marsh's previous criticism. Almost half the selections come from the Sixties, with a strong emphasis on rock and soul as the creative product of, predominantly, black Americans. This book is pure argument fodder and will precipitate far more knock-down-drag-outs than it will settle (how, for example, can you justify several listings for Donna Summer and yet not include Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers?). Not recommended.
- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
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