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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It focuses on the origins of rock music in the blues and then profiles four completely different artists: Furtheri, Appreciated the scholarship yes, scholarship on Robert Johnson. The bibliography section of the the latest 5th edition is considerably longer than the actual text of the book, and again, is really only for those that want to get seriously into the weeds of the freil artists’ careers.

The thesis seems like a young person’s, to this young person– it draws maybe just a little too heavily a few core American texts I love Huck Finn and Moby-Dick and “Studies in Classic American Literature,” too, but can they and they alone really be said to capture the American experience? Trivia About Mystery Train: It has been fairly said of Marcus that “everything reminds him of everything else” Too much war and too much public crime has poisoned the country to be easily put to rest by any kind of reform or vengeance.

In greio, Greil Marcus wrote Mystery Train: He makes me feel as if I never even turned on a radio. It will be interesting to see if I like his writing when he covers one of my favorite genres.

Dec 15, David Guy rated it really liked it.

Mystery Train

Jun 03, Brett rated it liked it Shelves: Within such a culture there are many choices: Pretty much the big bang for those who like to plug their music collection into their book collection and let the two comingle, cohabit, collude and co-depend.

For other uses, see Mystery Train disambiguation. After enjoying his description of the evolution of The Band, I checked out some of their albums from the library. I listened to Elvis and the Beatles and the Stones and everybody else through my high school years, and followed the general currents of music greiil into college, and the six years when I taught secondary school.

He makes the music or, if one wants to be uncharitable his impression of the music vivid, incisive, tough-minded, and profound. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Sometimes his detailed history and mythology is hard to plow through, but it is a fascinating read for those who are obsessed with music. This is half the book. All in all, a good book for election season Then again, if your opinion supported every baby boomer’s claim that modern music ceased to be relevant once they hit 30, you’d think every notion that came to you was important too. InTime magazine picked it among the ” best and most influential [books] written in English since The artists he covers in this book are beloved to him: I would say that if you are a music critic or want to be one you should absolutely read this book pronto, because the writing is melodic in itself.

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

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Marcus faces this divide unflinchingly on almost every page. And, after all, that’s what we’re here for. Books by Greil Marcus. This book may have been filled with interesting and relevant myystery, 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.

He is the artist who truly brought together gospel and race records, and rock n roll, and popular ballads, and standards, and country western. Academic,perhaps, although only for those terrified of footnotes. Elvis, with his adoration for marchs mother and for the gospel songs she loved, was more our speed.

Greil Marcus: Mystery Train

The other half is Notes and Discographies, which was updated in This isn’t about rock ‘n’ roll as much as it as about how Greil Marcus sees rock ttrain roll. No harm in trying I suppose. After all, he wrote for the rolling stones magazine. I hope one day to follow in Marcus’ footsteps.


Juxtaposition is not eclipse. Just not as a best-of-its-kind. The “Presliad” section seems particularly impressive– a great place to start if you’re wondering why Elvis was such a big deal. Be the first to discover new talent! Nobody would argue, I assume, with that marcue entry, at least as an influence.

They travel less frequently, act less impulsively. Nov 29, Marxist Monkey rated it really liked it. Obviously, someone looking to pick up Mystery Train for the first time should go straight to the fifth edition and behold the expanded discography, greio I’m pretty sure is now longer than the main part of the book.

His imagination helps make Big Pink a better record.

I admit the man was a lousy actor and seemed to be reading the lines from cue cards, but there were a lot of beautiful women in those movies, and there were always a few good songs. Feb 24, Padraic rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The greatest plus here, though, are the Notes and Discographies that form the second half or more of “Mystery Train.

But that scream toward the end of Sail Away is a candidate too. Want to Read saving….