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RECENT REVIEWS OF ROCK 'N' ROLL WOMEN

PORTRAITS OF A GENERATION by Simon Warner, May 22, 2012

The moment I encountered Jonah Raskin’s new poetry collection it took me back to Stephen Stills’ deliciously evocative ‘Rock & Roll Woman’, a song that graced the second Buffalo Springfield album in 1967. And Raskin, that most versatile of cultural historians whose American Scream is a key book on the myth of Allen Ginsberg and the rise of Howl, provides plenty more twinges to the musical memory in this slim but sharp volume. Like me, this poet is a sucker for the ballsy beat of R&B or the potent pulse of raw rock and still eager, too, to imbibe the freewheeling spirit of the Beat writers, a clan he aspires to emulate – and admits as much – in his stand-up verse and stripped down stanzas. (Click here to read the entire review.)

—Simon Warner, teaches Popular Music Studies at the University of Leeds. His has a particular interest in the relationship between rock music and the Beat Generation writers. Review written for Beatnicity.

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PORTRAITS OF A GENERATION by Mariann G. Wizard, March 14, 2012

Jonah Raskin's new poetry chapbook, Rock'n'Roll Women: Portraits of a Generation, celebrates both rock and women equally and with great good will. Its 25 brief poems follow a simple formula like the guitar, bass, and drums of a rock trio: a woman (well, 24 women and one man), a rock artist from any era, and a moment in time defined by its soundtrack...That Jonah celebrates just 24 rock'n'roll women in this book is surely a testament to discretion; just as the 29 choice CDs he names—admitting there are too many of the latter to list them all—are only the tip of an iceberg of life-affirming music. Every woman who came of age when Beethoven was rolled over has her own internal rock soundtrack. (Click here to read the entire review.)

—Mariann G. Wizard, a Sixties radical activist and contributor to The Rag, Austin's underground newspaper from the 60s and 70s, is a poet, a professional science writer specializing in natural health therapies, and a contributing editor to The Rag Blog. Review written for The Rag Blog.


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