On the next Method to the Madness, Friday, April 27th @ noon, host Lisa Kiefer plumbs the musical mind of Bay area native, legendary rock critic, music journalist, and cultural scholar, Greil Marcus, ahead of his conversation with Viv Albertine (formerly of The Slits) at the David Brower Center Goldman Theater on Sunday, April 29th at 3:15 pm, part of the Bay Area Book Festival.
Greil met post punk rocker Viv Albertine in London in 1991 when she was a TV director. Her newly released second memoir, To Throw Away Unopened, begins where her last one left off [Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys]. She confronts questions of feminism, family, and inevitable death with the raw, intimate, vulnerable style that’s her trademark. Albertine comes to Berkeley from the U.K. for this very special conversation with Greil Marcus.
For over 40 years, Greil Marcus has written multiple books and articles about rock music that explore affinities in the frameworks of politics and culture. He has written deeply and extensively about artists like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Doors, and Elvis Presley, as well as the bands in an erupting punk movement in his seminal work Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92.
His books can be found on many a DJ’s shelves.