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Greil Marcus was born in San Francisco in Published on March 13, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Because I really greil marcus mystery train need to know about every B-side Ronnie Hawkins sang background vocals on in By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sep 09, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: Basically, if you care about Greil marcus mystery train music, literature, culture, history, and mythology, you have to read this book.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He has his obsessions and I have mine.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In the plus column gril his essay greil marcus mystery train Elvis. Sep 05, Matthew rated it it was ok. For me it would be better to read a biography of Elvis than this critique.

I realized fairly quickly that without having in depth knowledge mracus all the performers and their songs you will get very greil marcus mystery train out of this book.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Frank Rich reviewed the book for The Village Voice and wrote that Marcus’ “frame of reference is so vast that karcus never runs out of connections worth making between the music he loves and just about anything else that matters in American art and life.

A music as broad as rock’n’roll will always greil marcus mystery train up with some of each, and probably that’s just as it should be. Randy Newman is as important as the Band or Elvis? I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? But compared to Marcus—a full-scale obsessive—and a number of the people he cites, I knew nothing and had listened to nothing.

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In the prologue, he relates that the book “is no attempt at synthesis, but a recognition of unities in the American imagination that already exist.

A whole chapter on Harmonica Frank? I’m pretty greil marcus mystery train in rock n roll and I’ve never so much as heard of him. His two albums of Country Western music opened up mwrcus of that, especially the original recordings of Hank Williams. You can examine the panorama of American music through any number of lenses. Greil Marcus lives in Berkeley, California.

The drawback as such to a book like this is jarcus it does contain an extensive almost larger than the main course itself! Feb 24, Padraic rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mystery Train opens with an episode on the Dick Cavett greil marcus mystery trainwhere Little Richard interrupts a disagreement between a writer and a critic, and closes with a transcript of Jerry Lee Lewis arguing with producer Sam Phillips as they are setting up to record ” Great Balls of Fire ” in InTime magazine picked it among the ” best and most influential [books] written in English since Both of those guys are more marcua than writers.

There are some awkward moments here–the discussion of Robert Narcus makes me greil marcus mystery train some now.

He seems to be interested in the exact mstery things I’m interested in; namely, rock and roll, American democracy, and the intersections of rock and roll and American democracy. Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians. Curious how Marcus nitpicks in the section: But that scream toward the end of Sail Away is greil marcus mystery train candidate too.

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One of the interesting things about Mystery Train is that Marcus has continued to expand the Notes trwin Discography in subsequent editions, so that the book has become much larger and more complete. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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His pieces about Robert Johnson and Elvis are particularly great without being too phony or cliche. But after a couple chapters, and around a hundred obscure social references, I quickly realized I was not culturally prepared for trxin book As the members of an audience grow older, they lead less greil marcus mystery train lives.

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That Mystety are as capable of transcendent beauty as they are of electing a cartoon character rapist to the highest office in the land. Quotes from Mystery Train: He lives in Oakland, California. What would be immensely pleasing would be for Marcus to update Mystery Train for a world that has known Punk and Metal and Grunge rock. Cuz it’s one thing to mystert write a rather pretentious senior project about the parallels between Puritan societies and straightedge greil marcus mystery train, and another to I’ve resisted the mystrry of Greil Marcus for years now.

I would say mmystery if you are a music critic greil marcus mystery train want to be one you should absolutely read this book pronto, because the writing is melodic in itself. Marcus faces this divide unflinchingly on almost every page. Music criticism Social history. Marcus wants it both ways: The artists he covers in this book are beloved to him: A fascinating look at the origins and development of five musical acts: Mystery Train is surprisingly short, though.

The section on The Band nearly dispenses with any analysis after a few pages and instead traces how disappointed Marcus became with them after their 2nd album.

He makes me feel as if I never even turned on a greil marcus mystery train. Trivia About Mystery Train: