Television's Marquee Moon by Bryan WatermanTelevision's Marquee Moon by Bryan Waterman

Television's Marquee Moon

byBryan Waterman

Paperback | June 9, 2011

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Two kids in their early twenties walk down the Bowery on a spring afternoon, just as the proprietor of a club hangs an awning with the new name for his venue. The place will be called CBGB & OMFUG which, he tells them, stands for "Country Bluegrass and Blues & Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers." That's exactly the sort of stuff they play, they lie, somehow managing to get a gig out of him. After the first show their band, Television, lands a regular string of Sundays. By the end of the year a scene has developed that includes Tom Verlaine's new love interest, a poet-turned rock chanteuse named Patti Smith. American punk rock is born. Bryan Waterman peels back the layers of this origin myth and, assembling a rich historical archive, situates Marquee Moon in a broader cultural history of SoHo and the East Village. As Waterman traces the downtown scene's influences, public image, and reputation via a range of print, film, and audio recordings we come to recognize the real historical surprises that the documentary evidence still has to yield and come to a new appreciation of this quintessential album of the New York City night.
Bryan Waterman teaches American literature and culture at New York University. His previous books include, with Cyrus R. K. Patell, The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York City.
Title:Television's Marquee MoonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 6.5 × 4.75 × 0.56 inPublished:June 9, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441186050

ISBN - 13:9781441186058

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: Origin Myths, or, Just Trying to Tell a Vision Chapter 1: Some Big Set-Up Chapter 2: New York Satyricon Chapter 3: Stunned into an Electric Metaphor Chapter 4: Down in the Scuzz with the Heavy Cult Figures Chapter 5: Punk Is Coming Chapter 6: Marquee Moon Chapter 7: A Record Should Exhaust You by the Time It's Done Coda Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

Penned by Bryan Waterman, the book focuses much of its attention on the four years leading up to the recording of the record in offers amazing insight into one of rock's most unsung masterpieces.