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Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.55 MB
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The author of the book: Julie Burchill
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: April 1st 1987
ISBN: 0571129927
ISBN 13: 9780571129928
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This is the ultimate rock criticism book: something in it will offend everyone with any opinion about any rock, past or present. It is intended, apparently to be the “obituary” that follows on the Sex Pistols’ promise to “destroy rock n roll.” The Pistols play a prominent role in it (the second and third chapters are titled “ Sex” and “Pistols”), but unlike most punk bios, it is far from a hagiographical account. The authors certainly don’t like Malcolm McLaren, or for that matter any of the Pistols individually (except, perhaps, grudgingly Johnny Rotten), but they aren’t entirely above celebrating them collectively. Other founding punk bands (notably the Clash, the Ramones, the Damned, and the Jam) are far less ambiguously trashed. In fact, pretty much the only bands the authors have anything nice to say about are X-Ray Spex and the Tom Robinson Band. It’s safe to say that no one today will agree 100% with their opinions (although I like X-Ray Spex and TRB, myself). Probably no one ever did, and I’m not even sure that both authors completely agreed on any of the opinions expressed in the book, either (they married and were divorced a few years after the original publication of the book).

But, if you listen to rock, especially punk rock, in order to be challenged rather than validated, and you read rock criticism to have your opinions about rock challenged rather than validated, there is much pleasure to be found in this slender volume. Burchill & Parson’s style is snarky on a level that would put bloggers and twitters to shame, and their command of English excels the level to be found on even the most clever and educated online sources. Their humor (or humour) is brilliant, and probably over the heads of most readers today. Who, for example, would catch all the references in this line: “The Great British Punk Sex Symbol (sing if you’re glad to be it, Gaye) aside, the only UK girls left are the Rezillo’s Fay Fife and Penetration’s Pauline Noname – who are both so well-integrated into their respective bands that their sex seems superfluous.”

OK, it’s a little unfair to expect kids today to be familiar with has-beens, one-hit-wonders, and never-rans from their grandparents’ generation, but for those with an interest, this is an excellent way to learn what 1977 meant to people who lived and witnessed it at the time. Burchill and Parsons were writers for the New Musical Express, which was something of a cutting-edge rock magazine at the time, and their opinions were heard (and probably hated) by the generation they criticized. If you hate punk, this may still be a great weapon to use the next time that self-righteous hipster with the balding mohawk tries to get uppity. Well worth the read, love it or hate it.


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Ebook The Boy Looked at Johnny: The Obituary of Rock and Roll read Online! Julie Burchill is an English writer and columnist known for her provocative comments. Beginning as a writer for the New Musical Express at the age of 17, she has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She is a self-declared "militant feminist". She has several times been involved in legal action resulting from her work. She is also an author and novelist, her 1989 novel Ambition being a bestseller, and her 2004 novel Sugar Rush being adapted for television.


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