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al-Qa'bong
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posted 25 February 2004 11:27 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Let's hear it for antichrists everywhere!

CBC is currently running a special retrospective from archives on "Generation X".

They also include something interesting. There's a truncated clip of Griel Marcus, author of Lipstick Traces: a Secret History of the 20th Century (one of my favourite books), talking about how Punk Rock fits into a particular cultural tradition of dissent.

glee and loathing between the possible and nothingness


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posted 25 February 2004 12:10 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I loved that book when it came out -- and there's no doubt he makes some ingenious linkages. I still love Mystery Train, though mostly for the indispensable discographies.

But over time, I got really tired of Marcus's overwrought, magisterial style. The best send-up I know of is from the late lamented suck.com:

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A song that damns the past with a curse so hard that it takes the future with it, "Semi-Charmed Life" may still provide clues to the collapse of the present...

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posted 25 February 2004 12:16 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I still lurve Lipstick Traces, but I have to admit that when I later read The Dustbin of History I found his use of familiar tropes (especially "feeling as if one was coming out of one's skin") to have grown stale.
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