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 Bangss classic work, youll find stories by J.
T. LeRoy, who puts a recovering teenage drug abuser in a dentists chair with nothing but the Foo Fighterss 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 Simons Graceland one that takes place at a childrens 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.