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

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Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Read Online Free - Catch a train to the heart of rock ?n? roll with this essential study of the quintessential American art form. First published in 1975, Greil Marcus's "Mystery Train" remains a benchmark study of rock ?n? roll and a classic in the field of music criticism. Focusing on six key artists?Robert Johnson, Harmonica Frank, Randy Newman, the Band, Sly Stone, and Elvis Presley?Marcus explores the evolution and impact of rock ?n? roll and its unique place in American culture. This fifth edition of "Mystery Train" includes an updated and rewritten Notes and Discographies section, exploring the evolution and continuing impact of the recordings featured in the book.

Title : Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll
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ISBN : 0452278368
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★★

February 08, 2017

This is a masterpiece from Greil Marcus about what makes American rock-n-roll such a special beast. It focuses on the origins of rock music in the blues and then profiles four completely different artists: Elvis, The Band, Sly Stone and Randy Newman. It also includes a kickass discography to go b...

Matt rated it ★★★★★

May 13, 2016

wonderful book. I hope one day to follow in Marcus' footsteps. 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 mor...

Jon rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2007

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 evoca...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2013

How could I have forgotten to list this one which is almost the ur-text for those who like to plug their music collection into their book collection and let the two comingle, cohabit, collude and co-depend, having always believed that somewhere Geoffrey Chaucer and Slim Harpo, Christina Rosetti a...

Paul rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 26, 2012

Perhaps the most overrated writer on popular music - no, wait - that would be Dave Marsh. Both of those guys are more pimps than writers.

Steve rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2017

Heralded as the first academic examination of pop music and it's relationship to American life/culture, I had high expectations. Not all of these were met. The front is the examination, done in a socio-politico-economic-philosophic style that tends to sink under the weight of its own self importa...

Matthew rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 24, 2011

The latest edition is two books in one: the first half is a spotty analysis of Marcus' favorite groups that barely holds together; the other half is a discography section that succeeds mostly because it's not weighed down by Marcus' own sense of self-importance. Then again, if your opinion suppor...

Harriett rated it ★★★★☆

March 11, 2016

In 1975, Greil Marcus wrote Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music. He discusses enthusiastically the music of Harmonica Frank and Robert Johnson (the Ancestors), and The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis (The Inheritors). This is half the book. The other half is Notes and...

Hilary rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 24, 2009

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. Ouch. Also, the author (pronounced Gry-el Marcus)expected his reader t...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2016

I like rock and roll, I like music, I probably listen to more genres of music than the average American, I like rock biographies, and I like American history - so why not read this book that is a modern classic and the reviews say I should read? I tried it and I failed, miserably. I realized fair...

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