33 1/3 Volume 83: Television's Marquee Moon

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Two kids in their early twenties walk down the Bowery on a spring afternoon, just as the proprietor of a club hangs a sign with the new name for his venue.

33 1/3: Marquee Moon

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The place will be called CBGB which, he tells them, stands for “Country Bluegrass and Blues.” That’s exactly the sort of stuff they play, they lie, somehow managing to get a gig out of him. After the first show their band, Television, lands a regular string of Sundays. By the end of the summer a scene has developed that includes Tom Verlaine’s new love interest, a poet-turned-rock chanteuse named Patti Smith. American punk rock is born.

Bryan Waterman peels back the layers of the origin myth and, assembling a rich historical archive, situates Marquee Moon in a broader cultural history of SoHo and the East Village. As Waterman traces the downtown scene’s influences, public image, and reputation via a range of print, film, and audio recordings we come to recognize the real historical surprises that the documentary evidence still has to yield.

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Author Bryan Waterman
Publisher Continuum Books
Page Count 224pp
Publication Size 4.75 x 6.5
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date June 9, 2011
ISBN 978-1441186058

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