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Lit Riffs

Lit Riffs

(2007)
An anthology of stories edited by

 
Following in the footsteps of the late great Lester Bangs -- the most revered and irreverent of rock 'n' roll critics -- twenty-four celebrated writers have penned stories inspired by great songs. Just as Bangs cast new light on a Rod Stewart classic with his story "Maggie May," about a wholly unexpected connection between an impressionable young man and an aging, alcoholic hooker, the diverse, electrifying stories here use songs as a springboard for a form dubbed the lit riff. Alongside Bangs's classic work, you'll find stories by J.T. LeRoy, who puts a recovering teenage drug abuser in a dentist's chair with nothing but the Foo Fighters's "Everlong" -- blaring through the P.A. -- to fight the pain; Jonathan Lethem, whose narrator looks back on his lost innocence just as an extramarital affair careens to an end -- this to the tune "Speeding Motorcycle" as recorded by Yo La Tengo; and Jennifer Belle, who envisions a prequel to Paul Simon's "Graceland" -- one that takes place at a children's birthday party replete with a real live kangaroo. With original contributions from Tom Perrotta, Nelson George, Amanda Davis, Lisa Tucker, Aimee Bender, Darin Strauss, and many more -- riffing on everyone from Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen to the White Stripes, Cat Power, and Bob Marley -- this is both an astounding collection of short stories and an extraordinary experiment in words and music. Soundtrack available from Saturation Acres Music & Recording Co.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: Lit Riffs: Writers "Cover" Songs They Love
Author(s): Julianna Baggott, Jonathan Lethem, Tom Perrotta
ISBN: 1-4176-4534-2 / 978-1-4176-4534-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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Paperback Editions

June 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Lit Riffs
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem, Tom Perrotta, Lester Bangs, Aimee Bender, Amanda Davis, Neal Pollack, J T Leroy, Heidi Julavitz, Toure
ISBN: 0-7434-7026-5 / 978-0-7434-7026-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: MTV Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Lit Riffs: A Collection of Original Stories Inspired by Songs
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem, Tom Perrotta, Lester Bangs, Aimee Bender, Amanda Davis, Neal Pollack, J T Leroy, Heidi Julavitz, Toure
Publisher: MTV Books
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November 2007 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Lit Riffs: A Collection of Original Stories Inspired by Songs
Author(s): Jonathan Lethem, Tom Perrotta, Lester Bangs, Aimee Bender, Amanda Davis, Neal Pollack, J T Leroy, Heidi Julavitz, Toure
Publisher: MTV Books
Availability: Amazon UK   



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