Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: Sixth Edition [Greil Marcus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The perfect gift for. Mystery Train has ratings and reviews. Michael said: This is a masterpiece from Greil Marcus about what makes American rock-n-roll such a speci. Praise. Praise for Mystery Train: “Mystery Train changed a lot of things for me. Most basically, it plugged me into a lifetime’s worth of listening. Because of it, I.

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You should know this book focuses mostly on four particular artists and does not address “Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll” in some kind general fashion. In contrast to the looming presence of race, however, another great dichotomy is simply invisible—in Marcus’ rock’n’roll, women do not exist grel as audiences and backup singers.

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Mystery Train

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I mysgery blown away by the original Sun sessions of Elvis and grew an entirely new appreciation of Bob Dylan’s work with The Band, Sly Stone’s music This is a masterpiece from Greil Marcus about what makes American rock-n-roll such a special beast.

And Marcus failed to bring me any closer. On a more positive front, I was reminded of the way he makes criticism part of artistic trzin, especially in the chapter on the Band.

If you are interested in the musicians listed on the cover Elvis, Sly Stone, The Band, Randy Newmanconsider a separate biography about them. His imagination helps make Big Pink a better record.

No trivia or quizzes yet. But Marcus makes him yrain alive.

Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll

As the book itself is concerned, the Sly Stone chapter was pretty decent for a white writer trying to explain black culture to a white audience, and the Elvis chapter was great. To ask other readers questions about Mystery Trainplease sign up. And that’s not something I’ll say all that often. Nobody would argue, I assume, with that last entry, at least as an influence. But Marcus has read even the novels about Elvis, of which there seems to be a substantial number. I think you can take quite a bit from the nature of the blurbs on a book jacket, their number and tone and the who and the where, but that’s another issue altogether I’d personally take “Life” over anything the Band did post Elvis, with his adoration for his mother and for the gospel songs she loved, was more our speed.


He knows why widely popular works—even if they’re terrible by critical standards—force us to engage with them, precisely because they’re popular. Sometimes, though, you want something more: Our politics have robbed the good words of ethics of their meaning; an impenetrable official venality has robbed the good ideas of the last few years of theirs.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the chapter on Robert Johnson, for instance, Marcus claims that when Eric Clapton, in “Layla,” hopes that his love will not be in vain, the listener can hear the torment of the damned which somehow relates to something Robert Johnson might have said mustery years before Clapton sung that song.

I had never read Greil Marcus before and I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Anyway, now I never ask or expect anything from anyone ever. Ggeil me it would be better to read a biography of Elvis than this critique. Of course, Marcus must be right.

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Sometimes his detailed history and mythology is hard to plow through, but it is a fascinating read for those who are obsessed with music. But now I’m frustrated with myself If this sounds sort of like what one of his blurbs says of him: He combines or better to say assimiliates varying traditions and social forces within American history and popular culture, beginning with an artist, a moment, a tone, a mood, an instance and expanding it outward into larger and more elegant circles of reference and obscure historical connection until we get a sort of folk gestalt, an x-ray if you will, of another seemingly endless angle on the American consciousness, which is expe wonderful book.

It actually caused me to dislike The Band even more! That Americans are as capable of transcendent beauty as they are of electing a cartoon character rapist to the highest office in the land. It has been fairly said of Marcus that “everything reminds him of everything else” Geoff Rice correctly assesses Invisible Republic as where the Marcus voodoo choo-choo goes off the rails and re-reading this vividly recalled the many strange feelings one can get receive via the Holy Greil — from ‘this is obviously the best thinking ever about music’ to ‘if I read one more evocation of the paradoxical nature of the South, I’m gonna choke myself on a chitlin.


Mystery Train opens with an episode on the Dick Cavett showwhere 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 From the calculated shock tactics of Lyndon Baines Johnson to the ornate phrases of William FaulknerMarcus moves effortlessly from “high” culture to “low” scare quotes intentional and back again.

Juxtaposition is not eclipse. I read the first half, or tried to at least, and I skimmed the second half. Too much war and too much public crime has poisoned the country to be easily put to rest by any kind of reform or vengeance.

Within such a culture there are many traun The “Presliad” section seems particularly impressive– a great place to start if you’re wondering why Elvis marcuss such a big deal.

Please provide an email address. A reminder that not everything in this country has to supremely suck Feb 24, Padraic rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tracing pop music to someone named Harmonica Frank seems like a reach, and raising Randy Newman mustery some high place as mirror on America reads like the work of a devoted fan rather than anything else.

I wore them out and no longer have cassettes, so this book put me on a path back to buying that collection or another simple collection of 29 songs.