Please Step Back: A Novel

Please Step Back: A Novel

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By (author) Ben Greenman

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  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 213mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 8 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Brooklyn
  • ISBN 10: 1933633700
  • ISBN 13: 9781933633701
  • Sales rank: 1,457,631

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The rise and fall of a true American icon: A rock star, inspired by genre-busting musicians of the sixties like Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye. A swirling sixties saga of the rise and fall of a true American icon: A rock star. But not just any rock star: Rock Foxx is an outrageous showman whose unprecedented mixed-race, mixed-gender band made a new kind of socially conscious music that was infectious and tribal and scaled the heights of sixties rock stardom, all the way to Woodstock and beyond. But Foxx seemed to disappear at the height of his fame, his contagious, upbeat music darkening, then ending ubruptly amidst rumors of drugs and violence, as the culture itself exploded into massive riots and assassinations. In the hands of" New Yorker" editor Ben Greenman, it's a story that is both highly literary and simply entertaining, a tale about rock and roll and about a complicated but key moment in our history. Exciting, funny, disturbing and uplifting, with some of the most deft and absorbing writing about music ever to appear in American fiction, this pseudo-bio of a fascinating character is an amazing creation in itself, and sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

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Author information

Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several books of fiction, including Superbad and A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both. His fiction, criticism, and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, McSweeneys, the Paris Review, Opium, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.

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"Ben Greenman's mind contains, among other things, a literary critic, a cultural commentator, a cowboy, a satirist, a scientist, a surrealist, a nut, a genius, a child prodigy, and a poet." -Susan Minot ""Please Step Back" sings of the back-street, back-stage hyper-kinetic moment when music, stardom, and cultural sea changes pushed America irrevocably forward. Light-stepping and hard-hitting, Greenman gets it right, from the power of the beat to the devastation when the silence takes over." -Walter Mosley "Ben Greenman seems incapable of writing anything dry or famiiar or expected. He is one of the most versatile, constantly surprising writers at work today." -Dave Eggers "This book sounds like a song, working with the rhythm of words that are like speech but never just talking. Greenman's dialogue is as turse, piercing and easeful as Sly Stone's lyrics." -Sasha Frere-Jones, pop music critic for "The New Yorker" ""Please Step Back" is a literary funk-rock no