Only a rock critic with as much cred as Greil Marcus could pick 10 random songs, assign them great significance and publish a book about how they tell the story of rock's history. That’s what he does in his new book The History of Rock 'n’ Roll in Ten Songs
, an analysis of 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008. Tracks such as Etta James’ “All I Could do Was Cry,” Buddy Holly’s “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him is to Love Him” all go under the microscope. Marcus will read from his book and answer questions at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College, where he’s a guest as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Author Series.
Marcus is the author of numerous books, including Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll Music
(1975), Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century
(1989), and, most recently, The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years
(2011). He was the first reviews editor at Rolling Stone
magazine and he’s also written for Artforum
, the New York Times
and many other publications. He currently teaches at UC-Berkeley and the New School in New York City. His column “Real Life Rock Top 10” appears in The Believer
. Located adjacent to the Black Box Theatre, the Library and Archives will remain open to the public until just before the start of the event. After the reading, Dr. Lauren Onkey, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s vice president of education and public programs, will interview Marcus and moderate a question and answer session. This event is free with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com
or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.