eBook: Fever

Fever: How Rock’n’Roll Transformed Gender in America (2002)

by Tim Riley

While political and athletic role models have let us down, rock and roll has provided enduring role models for men and women. From Elvis Presley to Tina Turner to Bruce Springsteen to Kurt Cobain and COurtney Love, Riley makes a persuasive case that rock and roll, far from the corrosive force that conservative critics make it out to be, has instead been a positive influence in people’s lives, laying out gender-defying role models far more enduringly than movies, TV, or “real life.”

“Tim Riley’s Fever combines brainy and audacious cultural analysis with genuine musical understanding–a combination rare enough to inspire exhilaration.”

–Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tim Page on Music

“In his new book, Fever, Tim Riley goes beyond his unique fusion of technical music knowledge and stunningly perceptive emotional exegesis of lyrics to a wider-angle social vision. Riley is at his very best.”

–Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

“Fever is a fascinating look at the ways rock has shaped how we think about sexual identity….Riley presents serious academic points within a rock-critic analysis of icons that even a layperson would appreciate….Witty, acerbic, and smart.”

–Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier Than Heaven

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