As they create genres, smash myths, invent styles and make way for the future, the musicians you'llmeet here keep rock's fire of rebellion burning. From vintage rock'n'rollers, to bands of the new wave, next wave and beyond, these iconoclasts walk the commercial edge to crash the borders and barriers of popular music.
Weaving firsthand interviews with personal insights, plus notes on recommended recordings, this book salutes the musical anarchists who have ignited generations of players and fans. Whether it's Ike Turner, who cut the first rock'n'roll record, or Talking Heads, who were first to fuse new wave with a global groove, Rip It Up! gets to the heart and soul of rock'n'roll attitude. Featuring original firsthand interviews with: Camper Van Beethoven, Teenage Fanclub, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Julie and Buddy Miller, The Louvin Brothers, Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch, Shonen Knife, The Kinks, Sparks, Ike Turner, The Crickets, Peter Case, Elvis Costello, Spiritualized, Wanda Jackson, Tom Verlaine, Julian Cope, U. Utah Phillips, Talking Heads and Ann Magnuson.