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The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics #2020

The Grammar of Rock Art and Artlessness in th Century Pop Lyrics National Book Award nominee critic and one of America s least compromising satirists Alexander Theroux takes a comprehensive look at the colorful language of pop lyrics and the realm of rock music i

  • Title: The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics
  • Author: Alexander Theroux Robert Crumb
  • ISBN: 9781606996164
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics By Alexander Theroux Robert Crumb, National Book Award nominee, critic and one of America s least compromising satirists, Alexander Theroux takes a comprehensive look at the colorful language of pop lyrics and the realm of rock music in general in The Grammar of Rock silly song titles maddening instrumentals shrieking divas clunker lines the worst and best songs ever written geniuses of the art movNational Book Award nominee, critic and one of America s least compromising satirists, Alexander Theroux takes a comprehensive look at the colorful language of pop lyrics and the realm of rock music in general in The Grammar of Rock silly song titles maddening instrumentals shrieking divas clunker lines the worst and best songs ever written geniuses of the art movie stars who should never have raised their voice in song but who were too shameless to refuse a mic and the excesses of awful Christmas recordings Praising and critiquing the gems of lyricists both highbrow and low, Theroux does due reverence to classic word masters like Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, and Sammy Cahn, lyricists as diverse as Hank Williams, Buck Ram, the Moody Blues, and Randy Newman, Dylan and the Beatles, of course, and outr ones like the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Patti Smith, the Fall even Ghostface Killah , but he considers stupid rhymes, as well nonsense lyrics, chop logic, the uses and abuses of irony, country music macho, verbal howlers, how voices sound alike and why, and much .In a way that no one else has ever done, with his usual encyclopedic insights into the state of the modern lyric, Theroux focuses on the state of language the power of words and the nature of syntax in The Grammar of Rock He analyzes its assaults on listeners impulses by investigating singers styles, pondering illogical lunacies in lyrics, and deconstructing the nature of diction and presentation in the language This is that rare book of discernment and probing wit and not exclusively one that is a critical defense of quality that positively evaluates the very nature of a pop song, and why one over another has an effect on the listener.

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    1. REVIEW OF THE FIRST 103 PAGES IT S ALL I COULD STAND FOR THE MOMENTWow, this was like buying a new dog and having it bite you and die in your car before you got it home and then the bite gets infected and your whole arm swells up to twice its size.Hardly ever has a book started so well and nosedived so fantastically badly, hardly ever have I started one with such loud lip smacking and anticipatory aaahs only to be dragged into mute horror followed by unbelieving derision followed almost by a gra [...]

    2. Artlessness In the wake of this review, cataloguing the inexcusable sloppinesses in this otherwise entertaining performance, I have chosen to dock a star For those who find Theroux in attack mode amusing none of this is meant to be taken seriously , The Grammar of Rock is pleasurable ramble the inaccuracies, however, do seem to contradict his intention, whether he was cutting loose or not Pedants need be mindful of their own petards Art Pure peevish pleasure Theroux s book doesn t profess to be [...]

    3. Alexander Theroux s latest book offering, The Grammar of Rock is the book all of us wanted to write a book about something we love, music, and why we love it and why it gets under our skin when it s done so badly Theroux does in his book what we all do here on with our books we write about them, love them, praise them, complain about them, condemn them, mutilate them, misunderstand them, ask from them than they can give, but mostly we write out of love, disappointment, and fandom You want autho [...]

    4. msarki.tumblr post 1482414What is immediately apparent are the abundant errors present in the text of this garrulous book The typos and misprints are so numerous I am surprised Alexander Theroux allowed the trade edition to be placed for sale and remain in print Critical of almost anyone that has had anything to do with a song being sung or a lyric written it seems Theroux would have been a bit concerned with the accuracy of his own published word It seems ironic to witness so many errors in a [...]

    5. I m sorry to say this book is making me a little bit nuts I put it aside before really getting into the meat of the text and then immediately picked it up again.Unfortunately, what is emerging is the strong impression that the author is not merely a pedant, but he is a severely ignorant pedant While setting himself up to critique language usage, particularly in the context of popular music lyrics, he demonstrates that he doesn t know or understand nearly anything about grammar or linguistics Or [...]

    6. Why didn t you warn me, I saw this book on , and I thought Wow, this combines two of my greatest loves in life music and examination of the English language, this book is perfect But oh how wrong I was How very, bitterly wrong I started reading it on a plane ride, and after about 15 20 pages, I had to put it down I chalked it up to being tired, I chalked it up to the time change I must be the one who s wrong here this book is supposed to be so good, I must not be in the right mindset to enjoy it [...]

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