Real Life Rock Top Ten” is a monthly column by cultural critic and RS contributing editor Greil Marcus.

1 Amy Rigby, “The President Can’t Read” ( With a jangly sound that places it right where all the half-Beatles/half-Byrds LA bands were in 1966—the Leaves, say, or Jackie DeShannonwiththe Byrds—the same year he managed his way out of Fordham and into the Ivy League.