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After graduating from college in 1974, Mark Edmundson leaves Vermont to seek his destiny—a quest he knows involves rock and roll and America's high court of mischief and ambition, New York City. Shepherded by a carousing, Marx-quoting friend, he moves into a grungy apartment and embarks on a dream career lugging amps for rock's biggest stars: the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and the Allman Brothers.
But as time wears on, Edmundson finds himself at odds with life in his adopted city and drifts through a regimen of late-night cab driving and radical politics, increasingly detached from the hopes he nursed back in school. Prodded and enlightened along the way by a cast of rogue mentors—his "Kings (and Queens) of Rock and Roll"—Edmundson checks out of New York and careens across the country in search of the elusive "it": the perfect vocation, his slightly crazy, ideal way of life.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
His stories are funny, sharp and entertaining.
I love The Fine Wisdom; it's an impressively intelligent and unsentimental book about class and character and calling and fate (especially, for me, class).
Very much as Charles Newman's great (unknown) book, A Child's History of America, did for the late 60s.
Having read and enjoyed Mark Edmundson's earlier memoir, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference, this next installment, THE FINE WISDOM AND PERFECT TEACHINGS OF THE KINGS OF ROCK... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
Maybe I'm naive, but the title mislead me; I thought this memoir would have something to do say about rock and roll. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Thomas A. Clements
In his New York Times bestselling book, "Teacher", Mark Edmundson gave us an entertaining chronicle of early youth as a high school student in the working class town of Medford,... Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by F. Tyler B. Brown
In Nightmare on Main Street, Mark Edmundson limned two directions in which America has veered from its ideals. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by David Lenson
Mark Edmundson's new book, "The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll" is a coming of age memoir from the days when a liberal arts education was as much... Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by C. W. Benson
Mark Edmundson has been a terrific writer for years now, and his venture from criticism and cultural observation into memoir is as successful as his previous works. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Jonathan Freund
"The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of The Kings of Rock and Roll" is that most wonderful of books--luminous, fresh, raucous, and incisive--that readers are perpetually seeking... Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Raj
The 60s, like childhood, were another country, and for all of the media ruckus over the years, very few writers have managed to catch the pulse-sensation of it all. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Sven Birkerts
I've always admired the memoirs that dare to look back with honesty and humor on the life of the writer, that dare to say something about the time in which the author came of age. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by b. hudson