Rocking My Life Away

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Anthony DeCurtis


Duke University

“Rocking My Life Away . . . passionately blends music, journalism, remembrance, and argument with a fresh perspective. . . . Like bell hooks and Mikal Gilmore, DeCurtis understands the links between culture and music. His book brilliantly chronicles the chaotic times in which they coexist.” — Michael E. Ross, Vibe
“Anthony DeCurtis’ collection offers literate and deeply informed profiles of the artists responsible for our musical landscape.” — Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times Book Review
“DeCurtis enters a scene without an agenda, providing a sparkling and untainted view and permitting the essential truths of each experience to emerge. The top-notch writing in this book has remarkable clarity.” — Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix