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Ambiguous, But Awesome

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Reviewed: 04-03-15

I've recently developed a strong interest in rock n roll history, and this book is a good exploration (AND exercise!) through this rich music genre. I loved this book. However, it was not exactly what I had anticipated. I expected a history of fine points (perhaps TEN points, to be exact!), but what the book actually does is better. Great Marcus takes you on a journey through rock n rolls history by looking at 10 songs (and none of them are songs that've received much focus as being genre-busters or particularly definitive pieces) and touches base with other songs and artists that live in the theme of the 10 songs. It's in no way an end-all, be-all history book. It's a history through a singular lens of the author. In the bonus features of the audiobook (I believe it was the interview between the author and the narrator Henry Rollins), it's mentioned that any 10 songs could have formed this book, which I agree with. But Greil Marcus manages to weave the 10 songs and their influences together to form a full, rich mosaic that is too unique to belong to any music form BESIDES rock and roll. Henry Rollins' narration is superb. And his insight of his experience reading the book only further enriches your listening experience. It feels almost as if you've had a discussion of the book with a friend (Rollins) and the book's author (Marcus) when you've listened to the bonus features along with the audiobook. This was a particularly invigorating listen throughout, and has been by far my favorite Audible experience. -Jake G

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