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Rebels wit attitude : subversive rock humorists

Author: Iain Ellis
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2008.
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"In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer and professor Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion." "The performers who are the subject of Ellis's study are not merely funny people - they are artists whose work exudes defiance and resistance, whether aimed at social structures, cultural mores, political systems, or the music industry itself. Ellis proves that the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Ellis
ISBN: 9781593762063 1593762062
OCLC Number: 227918862
Description: ix, 341 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: [ch. 1.] Introduction : subversion, rock, humor --
Subversive rock humor's defining features --
Youth orientation --
Primal emotions --
Id-iotic outbursts --
Dumb wit --
Subcultural --
Seekers and trailblazers --
Three chords and an attitude --
Here and now --
Jacks-of-all-trades --
Artistic debts and futures --
Subversive rock humorists : Who? Where? When? Why? --
[ch. 2.] The fifties : evolution to revolution --
From "race" music to R & B to rock & roll --
Chuck Berry --
Little Richard --
Bo Diddley --
White boys who stole the rhythm & blues --
Jerry Lee Lewis --
Bawdy women --
Big Mama Thornton --
Wanda Jackson --
Novelty humor --
The Coasters --
The comic craze and other visual spectacles --
Screamin' Jay Hawkins --
The days the music died --
[ch. 3.] The sixties : humor grows up ... and away --
Seriously folk --
Bob Dylan --
Phil Ochs --
Girl power --
The Shangri-Las --
Mid-sixties turning points --
Country Joe & the Fish --
Bubblegum pops up --
The rock counter-counterculture --
The Mothers of Invention --
The Fugs --
The Velvet Underground --
Retreats into the future --
[ch. 4.] The seventies : radical cynicism --
Lost in L.A. --
Warren Zevon --
Randy Newman --
Fight the powers --
Gil Scott-Heron --
Wham glam! --
Alice Cooper --
Proto-punk prototypes --
New York Dolls --
Modern Lovers --
The CBGBs scene : bored in the U.S.A. --
The Ramones --
Talking Heads --
Out of the ashes --
[ch. 5.] The eighties : postmodern regenerations --
Hardcore --
Dead Kennedys --
Rap breaks --
Ice T --
Beastie Boys --
Metal on metal --
"Post"-feminism --
Madonna --
Novelty update --
"Weird Al" Yankovic --
This is radio college --
X-treme humor --
Extreme takeover --
[ch. 6.] The nineties : rock in flux --
Slack attacks --
Nirvana --
Beck --
The years of the woman --
Missy Elliott --
A riot of their own --
Urban r(h)apsodies --
Eminem --
Nightmares on metal street --
Marilyn Manson --
Pop goes the punk --
Roots rerouted --
[ch. 7.] The naughties : post-irony and identity humor --
Camping out --
Rock on! --
Country's crossroads --
Indie intellectuals --
Back to the future --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Iain Ellis.
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"In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer and professor Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion." "The performers who are the subject of Ellis's study are not merely funny people - they are artists whose work exudes defiance and resistance, whether aimed at social structures, cultural mores, political systems, or the music industry itself. Ellis proves that the most subversive rock humorists serve as the conscience of our culture. They criticize pretensions, satirize hypocrisy, and pour scorn on power, corruption, and lies." "Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Beastie Boys, Madonna, Nirvana, and Missy Elliott, Ellis reveals how issues of politics, nationality, ethics, genre, generation, art, social class, race, gender, and sexuality have energized their expressions of rock (and) humor, in turn affecting social tides in America."--BOOK JACKET.

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