Esteemed author and rock critic Greil
Marcus discusses his latest book The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs with The New Yorker’s own current music and culture critic Sasha Frere-Jones. Marcus has previously authored books like Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces, but has struck out in a different direction for his new project, which attempts to unpack and explore the overarching nuances of the conception of rock and roll through a lone set of ten tracks. The songs span the near half-decade period of 1956 to 2008, and his conversation with Frere-Jones will center on the impetus for his selections and how he understands them to embody the rock genre itself. Marcus was the first-ever reviews editor for Rolling Stone, and is considered to be one of the foremost experts on music writing and a foundational part of the rock criticism movement.
Wed., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2014