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Ray Charles had a kind of talent, and an ability to put over a song, that neither Elvis nor anyone else ever had. It also gets into Sam Phillip’s influence on these things, which cannot be overlooked. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As a one-time mstery of American Studies at Berkeley he claims that he is “no more capable of mulling over Elvis without thinking about Herman Melville” than he is of reading preacher Jonathan Edwards sans the wailing Delta blues of Robert Johnson for accompaniment.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Recommended to Alan by: There’s maybe a little too much about The Band for my taste the ultimate critics’ band, no? Oct 18, Karen-Leigh rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. There is something of the magic that Randall Mytery brings to his poetry criticism here in Marcus’s book.

This is half the book.

Mar 06, Matt Comito rated it mysery liked it. Because I really didn’t need mysterh know about every B-side Ronnie Hawkins sang background vocals on in Mystery Train is packed with facts and details that only an obsessed person can have. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I read the first half, or tried to at least, and I skimmed the second half. One of the great musical moments of my life.



You’ll have to forgive him for that; despite some pretentious twaddle, Mystery Train is an intriguing and ultimately convincing book–perhaps because Marcus has chosen his subjects with great care.

Nobody would argue, I assume, with that last entry, at least as an influence. Oct 08, Phil Davis rated it it was amazing. It’s sort of an accepted truism that the critic is really just a frustrated artist- ‘those who can, do, etc’ 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.

You should know this book focuses mostly on four particular artists and does trainn address “Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll” in some kind general fashion.

But the first traih is a triumph, and amply demonstrates why Marcus keeps going back to it once a decade or so. This isn’t about rock ‘n’ roll as much as it as about how Greil Marcus sees rock ‘n’ roll. Dec 15, David Guy rated it really liked it. His approach in discussinng any given song is synthetic and creative, not just a description but mysttery imaginative ‘reading’ that adds to your experience of that song.

No harm in trying I suppose. 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.

What a strange book. But it never happened. Dec 30, Mike Bender rated it really liked it.

As the members of an audience grow older, they lead less public lives. The latest edition is two books in one: But now I’m frustrated with myself Dec 07, Johanna rated it really liked it. 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.


It also includes a kickass discography to go back and listen to the music he discusses. I might as well just write a book about the exact same bands Marcus talks about and mysteru whatever it is I want to claim about them.

Greil Marcus: Mystery Train

The notes are often as good as the text. If you’re going to talk about rock and roll, you’ve got to confront the obscure. It has been fairly said of Marcus that “everything reminds him of everything else” I guess at seventeen years old I didn’t know what the main idea in a paragraph was yet. If you are studying the subject or are a HUGE fan of one of the six a 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 Amrcus like American history – so why not read this book that is a modern classic and the reviews say I should read?

In the plus column was his essay on Elvis. That was his real downfall. Nov 29, Marxist Monkey rated it really liked it. But his winding narrative is imprecise at times, a fact which underscores two things: 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 A life that was fluid with possibility can solidify into loneliness.

InGreil Marcus wrote Mystery Train: I have all these passages highlighted in yellow but they’re all completely random and usually not very interesting, sometimes just factual.

Too much is settled. It focuses teain the origins of rock music in the blues and then profiles four completely different artists: Preview — Mystery Train by Greil Marcus.