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The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll
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This book is the story of Sam Phillips, who created the conditions for rock ’n’ roll, though he never wrote or played on any records, and his quest to rattle the foundations of American music and a country's ideas about itself.

The History of Rock ’n' Roll in Ten Songs
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Author Greil Marcus doesn't explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, shown) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.Author Greil Marcus doesn't explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, above) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.

Fighting (for) the Right to Party

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The conventional left wisdom that music functions primarily as an occasion for the liberated expression of “collective joy” is all washed up. The carnivalesque spectacles are dead ends, channeling what might find political expression into narrowly personalized exercises in adolescent subjectivity.

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Why run for president when you can jet-set around the world mingling with rock stars? Al Gore seems to have found a third way for his career prospects by spicing up his global warming outreach with a series of concerts called "Live Earth." The tour launches from Sydney and will feature appearances by Madonna, the Police, Garth Brooks and a group of Antarctic scientists performing via satellite in front of icebergs.

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