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Literature Riffs

Literature Riffs - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0743470261

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ISBN13: 978-0743470261
ISBN10: 0743470265
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Pocket Books, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Literature Riffs - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0743470261

Matthew Ed. Miele

ISBN13: 978-0743470261
ISBN10: 0743470265
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Pocket Books, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs -- the most revered and irreverent of rock 'n' roll critics -- twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs cast new light on a Rod Stewart classic with his story "Maggie May," about a wholly unexpected connection between an impressionable young man and an aging, alcoholic hooker, the diverse, electrifying stories here use songs as a springboard for a form dubbed the lit riff.

Alongside Bangs's classic work, you'll find stories by J.T. LeRoy, who puts a recovering teenage drug abuser in a dentist's chair with nothing but the Foo Fighters's "Everlong" -- blaring through the P.A. -- to fight the pain; Jonathan Lethem, whose narrator looks back on his lost innocence just as an extramarital affair careens to an end -- this to the tune "Speeding Motorcycle" as recorded by Yo La Tengo; and Jennifer Belle, who envisions a prequel to Paul Simon's "Graceland" -- one that takes place at a children's birthday party replete with a real live kangaroo.

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