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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

HowWasTheShow ticket giveaway - Greil Marcus and The Mekons at the Fitzgerald Theater

HowWasTheShow is giving away a pair of tickets to attend the Current Fakebook with Greil Marcus and the Mekons at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, March 28th. Please send an email to editor [at] with Greil Marcus in the subject line and your full name in the message body for your chance to win. A winner will be selected randomly at noon on March 26th. (If you don't check your email frequently, please include a phone number with your entry.)

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Host Mary Lucia welcomes author and critic Greil Marcus to the Current Fakebook® at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, March 28th at 8:00 p.m. For the show Marcus has requested the British via Chicago band the Mekons. The group is in many ways an ideal match for Marcus – their stylistic range is wide, they mix a historical and political vision with mordant humor, and their music includes darkness, noise and radiant beauty. The Mekons’ music pulls the 20th century together in sound, just as Marcus’ criticism manages to weave divergent cultural strands to make the ineffable real. And he's a passionate fan.

Greil Marcus is author of Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n'Roll Music, Lipstick Traces, Dead Elvis, Invisible Republic, The Dustbin of History, In the Fascist Bathroom and Double Trouble. His most recent book is The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, which seeks to define America as "a story told more in art than in politics" by yoking together the works of several disparate artists and linking them to three speeches: John Winthrop's 1630 sermon "A Modell of Christian Charity," Lincoln's Second Inaugural, and Martin Luther King's address to the March on Washington. The book was made named A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the London Times Literary Supplement. Marcus has published columns, essays and reviews since 1968 in Rolling Stone (he was the magazine’s first reviews editor), City Pages, Artforum, Interview, Salon.Com, Common Knowledge and many other publications.

The Mekons were formed in 1977 by a group of University of Leeds art students. They took their name from the Mekon, an evil, super-intelligent Venusian featured in the British comic Dan Dare. By the mid-1980s the Mekons had begun to experiment with musical styles derived from traditional English folk and American country music. 1985's watershed Fear and Whiskey, 1986's The Edge of the World and 1987's Honky Tonkin exemplified the band's new sound, which built on the innovations of Gram Parsons and blended punk ethos and leftwing politics with the country of Hank Williams. Subsequent albums such as The Mekons Rock'n'Roll, while containing several straightforward rock songs, continued to explore the boundaries of the punk genre with diverse instrumentation and Sally Timms' haunting vocals. 2007 saw the group’s 30th anniversary and they marked it with the release of Natural, their 26th album, which brings acoustic instrumentation to the record’s post-apocalyptic lyrics.

All tickets are $20.00. There will be an additional $2.50 facility fee added to the price of each ticket. Minnesota Public Radio members receive discount.

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster..