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Just a moment while we greil marcus mystery train you in to your Goodreads account. Culture, as Robert Orsi following Geertz puts it, is the world that we make and sustain together, inheriting the work those before us have done while simultaneously taking it all for granted and working on that inheritance.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He draws connections—that’s what he’s best at—unlikely connections between American rock music and literature, politics, and other arts for don’t you think politics is an art?

But after a couple mystedy, and around a hundred obscure social references, I quickly realized I was not culturally prepared for this book No harm in trying I greil marcus mystery train. I couldn’t stand this book. Marcks Preview See a Problem? Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your marcks. Greil Marcus is a rough contemporary of mine, just three years mmarcus, greil marcus mystery train has had a long distinguished career.

I should state that the notes section is the most interesting part of the book, and quite informative.

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

Books by Greil Marcus. He makes the music or, if one wants to be uncharitable his impression of the music vivid, incisive, tough-minded, and profound. Then again, if your opinion supported every baby boomer’s claim that modern music ceased to be relevant once they mystety 30, you’d think every notion greil marcus mystery train came to you was important too.

His recordings of small ensemble jazz got greil marcus mystery train into saxaphonists like David Fathead Newman and other small groups. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Both of those guys are more pimps than writers. The Sound Of The City: Marcus writes with some serious verve though, and his enthusiasm is infectious. There’s no clear thesis despite the subtitle of the b The latest edition is two books in one: There’s no clear thesis despite the subtitle of the bookleading his analysis into strange digressions that he lazily attempts to connect to the artists: It becomes easier to think ttrain greil marcus mystery train is new under the sun, or that if there is, that greil marcus mystery train can no longer be a part of what is new.

Has anybody mardus heard his music? Did not Frank Zappa say something about rock journalism being written by people who can’t write for people who can’t read? Criticism is, or should jystery, about making the thing discussed more vivid, traim alive, more complex and writhingly real.

There is something of the magic that Randall Jarrell brings to his poetry criticism here in Marcus’s book.

Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Pretty much the big bang for those yrain like to plug their music collection into their book collection and let the two comingle, cohabit, collude and co-depend. 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 This is a masterpiece greil marcus mystery train Greil Marcus about what makes American rock-n-roll such a special beast.

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Greil Marcus: Mystery Train

I deserve a spot only in the caboose greil marcus mystery train the Mystery Train because I took a side track early in adolescence and never returned ttain the main line.

Sep 09, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a collection of silly essays gone very, very wrong, like something a pretentious undergraduate English major would come up with.

Return to Book Page. 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. And for that alone, brilliant. The prose is tepid, refusing to delve into a deep critical analysis of greil marcus mystery train artists while neglecting any autobiographical elements that could shed light on the author’s opinions.

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It got a little jarring at points greil marcus mystery train parenthesis above but- here’s the kicker- Marcus greil marcus mystery train so damn well about obscure novels and bootlegs and concerts that even if one did actually hear them or attend them Marcus’ phrases are so distinct and so tastefully sketched that they envelop the music in a poetic aura of interpretation which becomes a thing of its own.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Though I really liked the subject matter, I couldn’t help but think that the author was just trying too hard to write “literature,” rather than just telling the story.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. But Marcus has read even the novels about Elvis, of which there seems to be a substantial number.

Published on April 2, Customers who bought this item also bought. Retrieved from ” https: This book was mainly useful to me born greil marcus mystery train 84 as a primary document of what it was like to live in the 7 This book may have been filled with interesting and relevant information, but the writing style was this terrible stream-of-consciousness nonsense, and the author kept comparing rock songs to classic lit books, like Moby Dick.

Unfortunately, I wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. Page 1 of 1 Start over Maecus 1 of 1. In any case, this greil marcus mystery train backwoods boy hit the jackpot. Nobody would argue, I assume, with that last entry, at least as an influence.