Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music: Sixth Edition
|Rating||:||4.83 (644 Votes)|
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In 1975, Greil Marcus’s Mystery Train changed the way readers thought about rock ’n’ roll and continues to be sought out today by music fans and anyone interested in pop culture. Looking at recordings by six key artists—Robert Johnson, Harmonica Frank, Randy Newman,the Band, Sly Stone, and Elvis Presley—Marcus offers a complex and unprecedented analysis of the relationship between rock ‘n’ roll and American culture. In this latest edition, Marcus provides an extensively updated and rewritten Note and Discographies section, exploring the recordings’ evolution and continuing impact.
Mixed Chops Always interesting, but a certain imposition of the author's ego seemed to suffuse the content. When I listened tosome of the songs and riffs he has described, in some cases, I thought he was right on, and in others I could notfind anything resembling the qualities and characteristics he described. The selection of Randy Newman. "You can't go wrong with Greil Marcus and he doesn't disappoint with this classic" according to Catherine S. Vodrey. I bought this as a gift for my music-loving husband. You can't go wrong with Greil Marcus and he doesn't disappoint with this classic, literate and utterly absorbing book.. Joe said Four Stars. Essential, even if occasionally too esoteric
. He teaches at the New School in New York and lives in California. Greil Marcus was one of the original staffers at Rolling Stone
Praise for Mystery Train:"Mystery Train changed a lot of things for me. It speaks intimately to a part of the cultural heritage that, in my haphazard way, I’ve tried to give them."–Dwight Garner, The New York Times"Gets as close to the heart and soul of America and American music as the best of rock 'n' roll." –Bruce Springsteen “Perhaps the finest book ever written about pop music.” –Alan Light, The New York Times Book Review, 2005 “Greil Marcus developed an ability to discern an art movement, or an entire country, lurking inside a song.”