The Write to Rock: Racial Mythologies, Feminist Theory, and the Pleasures of Rock Music Criticism

The Write to Rock: Racial Mythologies, Feminist Theory, and the Pleasures of Rock Music Criticism The Write to Rock Racial Mythologies, Feminist Theory, and the Pleasures of Rock Music Criticism Daphne A. Brooks itness how, in the hands of tenacious D, the self-proclaimed "greatest rock band of all time," the history of rock and roll--a hallowed history that mainstream rock music critics have been repeating in varied forms for decades now--comes to life in all its delicious absurdity. In the ironically sincere film epic Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny that history gets passed down from "wise man" Ben Stiller to the duo known as "the D," his lordliness Jack Black and fellow swashbuckling power folk metal shredder Kyle Gas. Huddled together in a dimly lit room located deep in the bowels of Guitar Center, our two heroes absorb the tales of a "magical" guitar pick that moves mysteriously through the hands of famed blues men and axe-wielding metal gods. Equal parts grotesque camp and loving, reverential affection, The Pick of Destiny's version of rock history--a blend of skull and bones secrecy, Da Vinci Code conspiracy, Arthurian legend, and Middle-earth grandeur--exposes the inflated mythologies of rock music culture and criticism for what they in fact are--"mythologies." At the same time the film http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture University of Nebraska Press

The Write to Rock: Racial Mythologies, Feminist Theory, and the Pleasures of Rock Music Criticism

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University of Nebraska Press
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Copyright © 2008 Suzanne G. Cusick
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The Write to Rock Racial Mythologies, Feminist Theory, and the Pleasures of Rock Music Criticism Daphne A. Brooks itness how, in the hands of tenacious D, the self-proclaimed "greatest rock band of all time," the history of rock and roll--a hallowed history that mainstream rock music critics have been repeating in varied forms for decades now--comes to life in all its delicious absurdity. In the ironically sincere film epic Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny that history gets passed down from "wise man" Ben Stiller to the duo known as "the D," his lordliness Jack Black and fellow swashbuckling power folk metal shredder Kyle Gas. Huddled together in a dimly lit room located deep in the bowels of Guitar Center, our two heroes absorb the tales of a "magical" guitar pick that moves mysteriously through the hands of famed blues men and axe-wielding metal gods. Equal parts grotesque camp and loving, reverential affection, The Pick of Destiny's version of rock history--a blend of skull and bones secrecy, Da Vinci Code conspiracy, Arthurian legend, and Middle-earth grandeur--exposes the inflated mythologies of rock music culture and criticism for what they in fact are--"mythologies." At the same time the film

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Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Oct 29, 2008

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