Fed up with blandness? Bored rigid by the dull clock-punchers you
work with? Sick of towing the line? If your answer is `yes' to any
of these questions, Rebel, Rebel is the book for you. It's a
compendium of 60 pieces on outsiders, intended to remind us all
that, in this age, where to kowtow is a pre-requisite, where doing
what one is told is essential and turning up on time a must, that
most of the people/things of lasting significance didn't play by
the rules. Like a really good party, it's got musicians (Charlie
Mingus, Fela Kuti, Joe Strummer), actors (Louise Brooks, Robert
Mitchum, Daniel Day Lewis), artists (Egon Schiele, Man Ray, Jackson
Pollock), directors (Fritz Lang, Kenneth Anger, Wong Kar-wai),
photographers (Horst, Weegee, David Bailey), DJs (Andrew
Weatherall) places (Paris in the Twenties, Muscle Shoals), and
things (sunglasses, Levis, the pork pie hat) all of them turning up
for one reason: they want to do their own thing in their own way.
Not all are heroes - James Brown was a wife-beating misogynist
control freak with impossibly bad dress sense after the age of
thirty, but by breaking all the rules of music he created a brand
new fresh form called funk, and went on to influence more musicians
than anyone on earth. Some of the pieces are brand new, some have
been published in magazines, but will appear here in their original
form, with the life and energy previously cut out by lily-livered
editors now fully restored by yours truly. With your help, Rebel
Rebel will be a fat, handsome paperback manifesto to keep you
amused and inspired for years to come. Keep it in the smallest
room. It might help you achieve something, if only notoriety...
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