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What Does Rock ‘n’ Roll Mean To You?

Greil Marcus has weighed in on the ten songs that define rock n roll history. In this video, we hit the streets to find out what people thought of his list and what rock ‘n’ roll means to them. See Greil’s list, watch the video, then tell us what you think. What songs best tell the story of rock? What does rock ‘n’ roll mean to you?

Greil’s List:

1. “Shake Some Action” – Flaming Groovies

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Greil Marcus; Photo by Thierry Arditti, Paris.

2. “Transmission” – Joy Division

3. “In the Still of the Nite” – Five Satins/Slades

4. “All I Could Do Was Cry” – Etta James/Beyoncé

5. “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” – Buddy Holly/Beatles

6. “Money (That’s What I Want”) – Barrett Strong/Beatles

7. “Money Changes Everything” – Brains/Cyndi Lauper/Delta Moon

8. “This Magic Moment” – Drifters/Ben E. King with Lou Reed

9. “Guitar Drag” – Christian Marclay

10. “To Know Him Is to Love Him” – Teddy Bears/Amy Winehouse


Further Reading:

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