Tooth of Crime

Tooth of Crime

Second Dance

By Sam Shepard; T-Bone Burnett (Lyricist)

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307274984, 96pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2006

One of the plays that first announced Sam Shepard as an original voice in American theater, "Tooth of Crime "is his thrillingly innovative rock drama, published here in a revised edition that is as fresh and provocative as the original was more than thirty years ago.
An aging rock star in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand, Hoss must defend himself against Crow, a newcomer who battles him for fame. Combining musical styles and intense dialogue in an unconventional musical-fantasy, "Tooth of Crime "riffs brilliantly on rising stars and fading legends, and rock lived and died for.

About the Author
Chad Hammett teaches at Texas State University-San Marcos, from which he received an M.F.A. in fiction.

Praise For Tooth of Crime

“Brilliant. . . . By far Mr. Shepard’s best play.” –The Wall Street Journal

“A fascinating, even brilliant work. . . . It is bracingly insightful on the ephemerality and corrupting powers of stardom. . . . Few critics would deny its electricity and imagination on the page.” –The New York Times

“Marvelously evocative. . . . Direct and immediate. . . . A simple allegory of fame American-style. . . . It packs a potent punch not readily forgotten.” –New York Post