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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There is something of the magic that Randall Jarrell brings to his poetry criticism here in Marcus’s book. If you are interested in the musicians listed on the cover Elvis, Sly Stone, The Band, Randy Newmanconsider a separate biography about them.
Aug 09, Hilary rated it did not like it. Furtheri, Appreciated the scholarship yes, scholarship on Robert Johnson. I deserve a spot only in the caboose of the Mystery Train because I took a side track early in adolescence and never returned to the main line.
He’s made me anxious, in the past Open Preview See a Problem? I was 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 as well as that of Mr.
From the calculated shock tactics of Lyndon Baines Johnson to the ornate phrases of William FaulknerMarcus moves effortlessly from “high” cul We all know what talking about music is like and for those who don’t, great googly moogly, don’t get me started. As the members of an audience grow older, they lead less public lives. These artists aren’t exactly my cup of tea, though I recognize their value, but I would be interested in reading more of Marcus when he it talking about something I am more heavily invested in.
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll by Greil Marcus
Elvis, with his adoration for his mother and for the gospel songs she loved, was more our speed. Within such a culture there are many choices: If this sounds sort of like what one of his blurbs says of him: I only recommend “Notes and Discographies” if you are very interested in whatever band Marcus is discussing Apparently, though, it was in the army that Elvis started taking uppers to take awake, then downers to get to sleep.
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Hound dogs, Boomers and other makers of noise. Skip the Harmonica Frank section and go directly to Robert Johnson.
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And don’t skip the discography and notes – great stuff. The artists he covers in this book are beloved to him: I frequently use Dan Brown as a whipping boy for bad prose—but even I have to admit that despite Brown’s flaws, millions of people have read and enjoyed his books.
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.
Then again, if your opinion supported every baby boomer’s claim that modern music ceased to be relevant once they hit 30, you’d think mystey notion that came to you was important too. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Sometimes, though, you want something more: 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.
He seems to be interested in the exact same things I’m interested in; namely, rock and roll, American democracy, and the intersections of rock and roll and American democracy. Greil Marcus does a lot of dancing about architecture in this book, first published in and updated for this fifth edition in Trivia About Mystery Train: Worth tuning in, even if it requires some effort.
All the same, Marcus understands the best of lateth century social history, leaving traces of Clifford Geertz all over the place. What, in the sixties, looked like a chance to find new forms of political life, has been replaced by a flight to privacy and cynicism; the shared culture that grew out of a love affair with the Beatles has collapsed not without their help into nostalgia and crackpot religion.
I have all these passages highlighted in yellow but they’re all completely random and usually not very interesting, sometimes just factual. He makes me feel as if I never even turned on a radio. To ask other readers questions about Mystery Trainplease sign up. In other news, everyone loves the Elvis chapter but, except for the end where he explains his theory of American popular culture, it’s my least favorite. But there it is. Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies.
For other uses, see Mystery Train disambiguation. Be the first to discover new talent! We all know what talking about music is like and for those who don’t, great googly moogly, don’t get me started. There’s maybe a little too much about The Band for my taste the ultimate critics’ band, no? Sep 01, Tanya rated it it was amazing. His recordings of small ensemble jazz got me into saxaphonists like David Fathead Newman and other small groups.