The Sound and the Fury

40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism: A Rock's Backpages Reader

By Barney Hoskyns
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781582342825, 480pp.)

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

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Longtime music writer and editor Barney Hoskyns decided to build an archive of articles by his favorite rock writers - like Al Aronowitz, Jon Savage, Greil Marcus, Will Self, Lenny Kaye, Mary Harron, and Nick Hornby. Thus was born the website Rock's Backpages (, home to thousands of brilliant reviews and rants, interviews and overviews, that helped define music journalism over the last four decades. The Sound and the Fury is the best of this remarkable collection. With contemporary and retrospective articles on the Beatles, Otis Redding, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, ABBA, Madonna, Ice Cube, Nirvana, Morrissey, and many, many more.

About the Author

Barney Hoskyns is the author of Across the Great Divide: The Band and America (1993), Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes & the Sound of Los Angeles (1996), The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods (with Mark Larson), and other acclaimed books. He has written for GQ, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, The Observer, and The Independent. He lives in London.

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