Blending personal insight with recent firsthand interviews, this is a tribute to rock 'n' roll anarchists who ignited generations of musicians and fans. Whether defining a genre, smashing a musical or cultural myth, or inventing a playing style, these artists have kept rock 'n' roll's fire of rebellion burning. From vintage artists to bands of the new wave, next wave and beyond, the international rule-breakers featured here came first in their fields. Rip It Up! gets to the heart and soul of rock 'n' roll attitude - with Ike Turner, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, The Kinks, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Camper van Beethoven, Shonen Knife, Spiritualized, and many more.
Denise Sullivan has contributed to rollingstone.com, SF Weekly, Mojo, and other websites, magazines and newspapers, as well as the All Music Guide to Rock. She lives in San Francisco.