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Lit Riffs (2004)

by Matthew Miele (Editor)

Other authors: Julianna Baggott (Contributor), Lester Bangs (Contributor), Jennifer Belle (Contributor), Aimee Bender (Contributor), Zev Borow (Contributor)20 more, Arthur Bradford (Contributor), Judy Budnitz (Contributor), Tanker Dane (Contributor), Amanda Davis (Contributor), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributor), David Ebershoff (Contributor), Nelson George (Contributor), Heidi Julavits (Contributor), Victor LaValle (Contributor), J. T. Leroy (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), Tom Perrotta (Contributor), Neal Pollack (Contributor), Ernesto Quiñonez (Contributor), Elissa Schappell (Contributor), Darin Strauss (Contributor), Neil Strauss (Introduction), Hannah Tinti (Contributor), Touré (Contributor), Lisa Tucker (Contributor)

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Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs -- the most revered and irreverent of rock 'n' roll critics -- twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs cast new light on a Rod Stewart classic with his story "Maggie May," about a wholly unexpected connection between an impressionable young man and an aging, alcoholic hooker, the diverse, electrifying stories here use songs as a springboard for a form dubbed the lit riff. Alongside Bangs's classic work, you'll find stories by J.T. LeRoy, who puts a recovering teenage drug abuser in a dentist's chair with nothing but the Foo Fighters's "Everlong" -- blaring through the P.A. -- to fight the pain; Jonathan Lethem, whose narrator looks back on his lost innocence just as an extramarital affair careens to an end -- this to the tune "Speeding Motorcycle" as recorded by Yo La Tengo; and Jennifer Belle, who envisions a prequel to Paul Simon's "Graceland" -- one that takes place at a children's birthday party replete with a real live kangaroo. With original contributions from Tom Perrotta, Nelson George, Amanda Davis, Lisa Tucker, Aimee Bender, Darin Strauss, and many more -- riffing on everyone from Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen to the White Stripes, Cat Power, and Bob Marley -- this is both an astounding collection of short stories and an extraordinary experiment in words and music. Soundtrack available from Saturation Acres Music & Recording Co.… (more)
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Miele, MatthewEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baggott, JuliannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bangs, LesterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Belle, JenniferContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bender, AimeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borow, ZevContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradford, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Budnitz, JudyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dane, TankerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeCurtis, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ebershoff, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
George, NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Julavits, HeidiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
LaValle, VictorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leroy, J. T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lethem, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perrotta, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pollack, NealContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quiñonez, ErnestoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schappell, ElissaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strauss, DarinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strauss, NeilIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tinti, HannahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
TouréContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tucker, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs -- the most revered and irreverent of rock 'n' roll critics -- twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs cast new light on a Rod Stewart classic with his story "Maggie May," about a wholly unexpected connection between an impressionable young man and an aging, alcoholic hooker, the diverse, electrifying stories here use songs as a springboard for a form dubbed the lit riff. Alongside Bangs's classic work, you'll find stories by J.T. LeRoy, who puts a recovering teenage drug abuser in a dentist's chair with nothing but the Foo Fighters's "Everlong" -- blaring through the P.A. -- to fight the pain; Jonathan Lethem, whose narrator looks back on his lost innocence just as an extramarital affair careens to an end -- this to the tune "Speeding Motorcycle" as recorded by Yo La Tengo; and Jennifer Belle, who envisions a prequel to Paul Simon's "Graceland" -- one that takes place at a children's birthday party replete with a real live kangaroo. With original contributions from Tom Perrotta, Nelson George, Amanda Davis, Lisa Tucker, Aimee Bender, Darin Strauss, and many more -- riffing on everyone from Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen to the White Stripes, Cat Power, and Bob Marley -- this is both an astounding collection of short stories and an extraordinary experiment in words and music. Soundtrack available from Saturation Acres Music & Recording Co.

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