The new book The History of Rock N Roll in Ten Songs is missing everything you would expect. No Rolling Stones or Beatles. No Jimi Hendrix performances or remembrances of Woodstock.
In place of the iconic, musicologist Greil Marcus analyzes 10 songs that he says tell the wild story of one of America’s greatest gifts to the world. No. 1 is “Shake Some Action” by the The Flamin’ Groovies — which Marcus calls “a name so stupid, it’s embarrassing to say out loud.” But as he argues throughout the book, it isn’t enough to examine the music in its original context: The true measure of an impactful song is in how and where it travels, what lives and opinions it steers and disrupts. Via npr.org