Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century

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Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century
Author Greil Marcus
Country United States
Language English
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Harvard University Press
Publication date
Pages 496
ISBN 0-674-53580-4
Preceded by Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island
Followed by Dead Elvis: A Chronicle of a Cultural Obsession
This article is about the book, for the compilation album by Manic Street Preachers see Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers).

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1989) is a non-fiction book by American rock-music critic Greil Marcus that examines popular music and art as a social critique of Western culture.

The book covers 20th century avant-garde art movements like Dadaism, Lettrist International and Situationist International and their influence on late 20th century countercultures and The Sex Pistols and punk movement.

A "soundtrack" to Lipstick Traces, compiling many of the songs referenced in the book, was released by Rough Trade Records in 1993. [1]

In 1999, the book was adapted into a stage production by Rude Mechanicals (a.k.a. Rude Mechs) of Austin, TX. The play has been performed all across the United States- including a stint Off-Broadway in 2001- and in Salzburg, Austria. In 2005, the play was invited to join the New York Public Library's Dramatic Literature Archive.

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