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Third Rail

Third Rail

The Poetry of Rock and Roll

Foreword by: Bono
"The poets who fill these pages have come to testify, to bear witness to the mysterious power of Rock and Roll. -- from the Foreword by Bono

"The thread or the theme That holds this tune Together is the same One that rips it open...." -- from Gimme Shelter by Bill Knott

"Chunky on the shag rug, I'm looking for my anthem, I'm looking for my headphones, I'm looking for the bare spot on the rug to wallow, side-stepped on the chair-stopped door. I blast my ears out." -- from The Prophet's Song by Daniel Nester

"Drums, Whatta lotta Noise you want a Revolution? Wanna Apocalypse? Blow up in Dynamite Sound?" -- from Punk Rock You're My Big Crybaby by Allen Ginsberg

As revolutionary as the music it celebrates, the poetry in this electrifying anthology -- by poets such as Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon and Philip Larkin -- turns rock upside down with indelible images and powerful expressions of the music that changed our lives.
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  • MTV Books | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416524892 | 
  • April 2007
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About the Author

Jonathan Wells

Jonathan Wells was the Director of Rolling Stone Press, the book publishing division of Rolling Stone magazine. He is a widely published poet and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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