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03/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Top 10 Rock 'N Roll Novels

"What is a 'rock'n'roll novel'? Rock'n'roll -- from Robert Johnson to Jack White -- is a coming-of-age sound that allows us to find ourselves, and maybe others. Writing about it is complex, with cliches lying in wait at every turn. I love these novels because they attempt to capture threshold, anarchic times where anything might happen; that, to me is rock'n'roll. Remember Marlon Brando in The Wild One? 'What are you rebelling against, Johnny?' 'What have got?' Well, there's a lot of that in these narratives.

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