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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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Skip the Harmonica Frank section and go directly to Robert Johnson. Curious how Marcus nitpicks in the section: His recordings of small ensemble jazz got me into saxaphonists like David Fathead Newman and other small groups. 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 Of course, Marcus must be right.

Feb 24, Padraic rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has been fairly said of Marcus that “everything reminds him of everything else” And that’s not something I’ll say all that often. Within such a culture there are many choices: One looks harder for the comforts of similarity, and shes from the risks of diversity.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I love non-fiction and I love biographies, especially those that center on musical icons. The discography section which is about the same length as all of the preceding essays does a better job of tracing the lineage of American music, though entire pages are simply a list of every version of “Stagger Lee” that Marcus could find.


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Ultimately, “Mystery Train” has its place in the pantheon of rock books as a first-of-its-kind, and as a decent history in places. Tracing pop music to someone named Harmonica Frank seems like a reach, and raising Randy Newman to some high place as mirror on America reads like the work of a devoted fan rather than anything else. Devil’s Music, Holy Rollers and Hillbillies.

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Pages to import images to Wikidata. After reading this I used to mysetry to even the most average post-REM college rock records dozens of times because Greil told me that if you couldn’t play it five hundred times greeil keep finding something new it was either your fault or the record’s In the case of Guadalcanal Diary’s Walking In the Shadow of the Big Man it was probably the record. But this is, perhaps, Mystery Train ‘s best epigraph: Dec 07, Johanna rated it really liked it.

This can be enthralling if you’re a fan or scholar of the artist in question- I was actually pretty riveted to his discussion of Robert Johnson. Dec 15, David Guy rated it really liked it. It will be interesting to see if I like his writing when he covers one of my favorite genres.


Now, I’ve listened to at least two versions of “Layla,” looking mysery this anguish, and I just can’t see it. Both of those guys are more pimps than writers. But in these short chapters Marcus delves fearlessly into grand subjects. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


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

I was excited to read my first Greil Marcus book I had enjoyed his column in The Believer magazine and had heard others praise him as a geniusbut was disappointed for two principal reasons.

Dec 30, Mike Bender rated it really liked it. I hope one day to follow in Marcus’ footsteps. After enjoying his description of the evolution of The Band, I checked out some of their albums from the library.

And for that alone, brilliant. The drawback as such to a book like this is that it does contain an extensive almost larger grwil the main course itself! Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Not all of these were met.

Published May 1st by Plume first published Nov 15, Harriett Milnes rated it really liked it Shelves: I would love to see this kind of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink, artistic style of criticism more often. Furtheri, Appreciated the scholarship yes, scholarship on Robert Johnson.

But Marcus has read even the novels about Elvis, of which there seems to be a substantial number.