Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman

Do you love rock and roll? Specifically, do you have opinions on the differences between Cinderella and Motley Crue? Thoughts on Def Leppard’s drummer? (Quick: How many arms does he have?) Which was the best song off Appetite for Destruction? Why was Lies such a letdown? Who would win in a cage match between REO Speedwagon and Cliff Burton? What if the fight happened in 1995?

If these sorts of questions bring a smile to your face, then you need to run, not walk, to pick up a copy of Fargo Rock City. It is Klosterman’s first major collection of essays, and it’s a wonderful collection of meditations on the question of why rock music (metal?) mattered so much to all us kids in the eighties.

Klosterman is brilliant, fun, funny, and (as many others have occasionally observed) a tad frustrating at times. But he’s just plan delightful to spend time with, and Fargo Rock City is like sitting around with your closest genius friends discussing the metal scene in the last two decades of the previous millennium.

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