Great Pop Things
“Here, all of pop history is turned into one grand and interlocking pun, with inside dope, fans’ legends, and actual truth smeared till the significant is a moment of the trivial, and vice versa.” —from the introduction by Greil Marcus
The comic strips of Colin B. Morton and Chuck Death (aka Jon Langford) deliver an irreverent, heartfelt, and devastatingly funny history of rock and roll. Like Monty Python at its best, their version is surreal and ridiculous—yet somehow everything in it rings true.
According to Morton and Death, the bass player in Led Zeppelin was Jean-Paul Sartre. And “despite having been able to think up brilliant titles for their first three albums, Led Zeppelin were stuck for what to call the fourth one—so they put a load of prunes on the front.”
In strip after strip, Morton & Death pinpoint the absurdities and oddities of rock history. In the process, they often come closer to its truth than conventional accounts do, as well as being far more entertaining. As for the drawings, their caricatures of rock stars from Mick Jagger to Frank Zappa, Johnny Rotten to Courtney Love, are in themselves worth the price of admission.
“Brilliantly depicts the story of rock and roll.”—Rolling Stone
“Sure, it’s just a comic strip, but Great Pop Things is music criticism at its confrontational best.”—Entertainment Weekly