The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs
by Greil Marcus
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As if to get it over with, Greil Marcus opens his History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs with something resembling an official account: a five-page list of names of the inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, from Chuck Berry to Nirvana to the likely-to-be-inducted Beyoncé and Jay Z. The point is what the list doesn’t give us. It may be “fun enough” to sift through the memorabilia that depict the story of rock ’n’ roll “in the basically familiar way,” as Marcus quotes the artist Allen Ruppersberg saying after a visit to the Hall of Fame. But no simple, linear history—even, or maybe especially, one that aims for comprehensiveness—can capture the music’s complexity and vigor.
Marcus wants to achieve something at once more incomplete and more total with this book, to “feel [his] way through the music as a field
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