This book is a quest to understand Van Morrison's particular genius through a close look at the most extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force to this day: sometimes entire songs, sometimes single words or even the guttural spaces between words that become musical events in themselves.
Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus
The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan’s show at the University of Minnesota-his very first appearance at his alma mater-on election night 2008. In between are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus’s liner…
His foremost interpreter revisits more than forty years of listening to Dylan - weaving individual moods and moments into a brilliant history of their changing times.The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at…
Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class
For over two centuries, America has celebrated the same African-American culture it attempts to control and repress, and nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in the strange practice of blackface performance. Born of extreme racial and class…
The Old, Weird America
A Special Edition with a New Introduction and an Updated DiscographyThis is Greil Marcus's acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob Dylan and the Band in 1967, which introduced a phrase that has become part of the culture: "the old, weird…
Best Music Writing 2009
Best Music Writing has faithfully collected the year’s most compelling writing on music for a decade now, so it’s appropriate this special edition be guest-edited by one of the best-known writers on music and popular culture, Greil…
A fan from the moment the Doors' first album arrived, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Filmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over.Forty years after the singer Jim Morrison was found…
The Stammering Century
Gilbert Seldes, the author of The Stammering Century, writes: This book is not a record of the major events in American history during the nineteenth century. It is concerned with minor movements, with the cults and manias of…
Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations
Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we discover three…
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