Theodore Gracyk
         Theodore Gracyk
I Wanna Be Me: Rock Music and the  Politics of Identity

Temple University Press

Co-Winner of 
the 2002
Woody Guthrie Award

IASPM/US Book Award)

     To read an excerpt from the book, click here 

"With his knowledgeable and well-presented arguments, he challenges readers to reconsider the stereotypes that many modern titans of cultural studies have slapped on rock music. . . . Outstanding."
Library Journal  

"a rich, rewarding, and important work"
The British Journal of Aesthetics, 2003

"for musicians or those with an interest in the history and development of rock music, I can recommend Gracyk's book as a sometimes insightful, sometimes provocative, and always engaging read."
Contemporary Sociology, 2003

 "...brilliantly examines Rock as mass art" --Rapport

"...a tough read for the student of popular culture who is not a rock'n'roll fan. For those of us who are, Wanna Be Me is great fun." --Joseph Kotarba, Journal of Contemporary Ethnomusicology, 2003

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