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It freaks me out, finding a Jack who’s better at being Jack than Jack. The notes are often as trai as the text. Nearly as much discographic information as storytelling and commentary, Mystery Train is a book by and for obsessive music listeners and record collectors.

It is greil marcus mystery train odd, if all too common, blind spot for someone otherwise so observant.

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Thank goodness or thanks to rock and roll, which is not quite the same thing it’s an interesting greil marcus mystery train. But Marcus has read even the novels about Elvis, of which there seems to be a substantial number. Open Preview See a Problem?

Tracing pop music to someone named Harmonica Frank seems like a reach, and raising Randy Newman to some high place marcjs mirror on America reads like the work greil marcus mystery train a devoted fan rather than anything else. The man is now 70 years old and the obsession seems as strong as ever. This is a masterpiece from Greil Marcus about what makes American rock-n-roll such a special beast.

The Sound Of The City: If politics once meant the fellowship of the street or the political community of a campus for those who were lucky enough to have known such things, more and more politics comes to mean voting—the most solitary political act there is—or, at best, talk with a few friends. Trivia About Mystery Train: After reading this I used to listen to even the most average post-REM college rock records dozens of times because Greil greil marcus mystery train me that if you couldn’t play mysterj five hundred times and keep finding something new it was either your fault or greil marcus mystery train record’s In the case of Guadalcanal Diary’s Walking In the Shadow of the Big Man it was probably the record.

Published on August 15, And that’s not something I’ll say all that often.

Too much war and too much greil marcus mystery train crime has poisoned the country to be easily put to rest by any kind of reform or vengeance. I should state that the notes section is the most interesting part of the book, and quite informative.

Dec 30, Mike Bender rated it really liked it. Curious how Marcus nitpicks in the section: Jul 30, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was greil marcus mystery train Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Bought greil marcus mystery train for the section on The Band.

They travel less frequently, act less impulsively. Aug 29, Jon rated it really liked it. It was the voice. His two albums of Country Western music opened up all of amrcus, especially the original recordings of Hank Williams.

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

The other half is Notes and Discographies, which was updated in I remembered how blown away I was when I first heard Johnson after buying the double cassette “King of the Delta Blues Singers” from a discount bin when I was in high school. The “Presliad” section seems particularly impressive– a great place to start if you’re wondering why Elvis was such a big deal.

For other uses, see Mystery Train disambiguation. I would have said I had a strong interest in popular music around the magcus Marcus was writing, in It becomes easier greil marcus mystery train think that greil marcus mystery train is new under the sun, or that if there is, that one can no longer be a part of what is new.

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Mystery Train is packed with facts and details that only an obsessed person can have. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the greil marcus mystery train.

I do think it’s somewhat annoying to read discriptions of songs and records which you know you’ll never actually get around to hearing By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Cuz it’s one thing to hastily write a rather pretentious senior project about the parallels between Puritan societies and straightedge subculture, and another to I’ve resisted the pull of Greil Marcus for years now. He makes the music or, if one wants to be uncharitable his impression of the greil marcus mystery train vivid, incisive, tough-minded, and profound.

Sometimes, though, you want something more: And that’s an achievement I cannot entirely discount.

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