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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Grammar of Rock

Just in from Fantagraphics: Alexander Theroux’s THE GRAMMAR OF ROCK: ART AND ARTLESSNESS IN 20th CENTURY POP LYRICS! Nope, this isn’t anything like the Schoolhouse Grammar Rock videos, but it’s just as fun. Cliché lyrics, diva meltdowns, and inarticulate diction are all up for close examination in Theroux’s comprehensive exploration of language in pop, rock, jazz, folk, soul, and yes, even rap (Ghostface Killah!). To top things off, the book cover is illustrated by none other than R. Crumb, the best banjo player in comics!

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