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In the Fascist Bathroom

In the Fascist Bathroom

Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992

Greil Marcus

ISBN 9780674445772

Publication date: 03/15/1999

Was punk just another moment in music history, a flash in time when a group of young rebels exploded in a fury of raw sound, outrageous styles, and in-your-face attitude? Greil Marcus, author of the renowned Lipstick Traces, delves into the after-life of punk as a much richer phenomenon—a form of artistic and social rebellion that continually erupts into popular culture.

In more than seventy short pieces written over fifteen years, he traces the uncompromising strands of punk from Johnny Rotten to Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, even Bruce Springsteen. Marcus's unparalleled insight into present-day culture and brilliant ear for music bring punk's searing half-life into deep focus. Originally published in the U.S. as Ranters and Crowd Pleasers.


  • The dean of rock criticism, Greil Marcus, has been analysing the populist and the impenetrable for 30 years. This reissued collection includes features from times past, when Rolling Stone covered obscure British bands, gloomy discourses on Eighties American politics and Greil's exasperation with Springsteen and Costello.

    —The Times


  • Greil Marcus is the author of The Doors, Mystery Train, and other books.

Book Details

  • 448 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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