Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hey, Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone

Why do goths wear black?

Why do rock singers make that 'Jesus' shape on stage?

Why do songs about death and despair make us feel good?

And why can't you get no satisfaction?

According to Craig Schuftan, the answers can be traced back around two hundred years.

Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone! uncovers for the first time the hidden roots of rock & roll in the Romantic movement of the 1800s. Picking up a clue in My Chemical Romance's 'Welcome to the Black Parade', Craig Schuftan follows it into a world where Keats meets The Cure, Wordsworth hangs with Weezer, and Byron exchanges haughty glances with Bowie. From Schopenhauer's darkest days to Queen's hits, Hey! Nietzsche! is a wild ride through the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, playing the best mix-tape in the world on your car stereo.

You can read an interview with Craig Schuftan here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ha! that's a great book title. papa v would love it, seeing as how he loves the wall.