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Rotten, at heart

October 13, 2002|Reed Johnson

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century ingeniously captures the splintered insights and cut-and-paste aesthetic of Greil Marcus' cult-classic book about the rise of Britain's ur-punk-rock outfit the Sex Pistols, with nods to the Dadaists, a 16th century priest and the French student radicals of 1968. Adapted by the Rude Mechanicals of Austin, Texas, it is suitably self-subverting, staying aloft through its unnerving energy and brutally wistful poetry.

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