A new edition of Dave Marsh's classic work on the three-chord song that rocked the world
A tale as compelling as any John Grisham thriller.
Dave Marsh's Louie Louie
is part rant, part rock criticism and part cultural analysis, with a good dose of Ripley's Believe It or Not!
-The New York Times Book Review
Marsh keeps the story of one trashy song interesting by revealing how 'three chords and a cloud of dust' contains within it the history and future of rock 'n' roll.
What you don't know about 'Louie Louie' probably won't hurt you. But everything you need to know is in Marsh's book, including the lyrics-the real ones and the ones people thought they heard. If there is a better measure of your pop-cultural IQ, I don't know where to find it.
Since his days as the original editor of Creem,
Dave Marsh has been revered as one of rock's greatest critics. During the 70s he was record editor at Rolling Stone,
and in 1983 he founded Rock & Roll Confidential.
His other books include Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s
(1987), and Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who