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This music they derived from had been part of the American fabric in an anonymous way that can only be explained as folklore and myth, and they breathed new life into it while adhering to its legacy. Though never intended for release, these recordings molded into the tradition of music as oral history, and appropriately, a few tapes were passed hand to hand, then some were pressed as bootleg records, which then spread like rumors. This folk revival conjured up a collection of timeless stories that many had heard in a slightly different form without ever knowing who started them. Just as Dylan did with the Basement Tapes, Marcus's exhilarating book extends beyond music and into the psyche of America, making the present more clear by putting the past into focus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well, I ordered this book, not knowing it was the British version of "Old Weird America". Nothing in the blurb about this book said so. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mister Kennedy
What is this s**t?!? This book has so little to do with the Basement Tapes. Check it out at the library and see for yourself before you waste your money. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael Harris
Firstly, this book has precious little information about the Basement Tapes, the Band or Bob Dylan so the title is deceiving!!! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Sakolsky
"The Basement Tapes" is one of my favorite albums of all time. I love Dylan and the Band --- at least most of their stuff --- and also am interested in history. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
Marcus, who used to review rock records, now seems to be mostly writing books. He specializes in connecting whatever performer he is interested in to various historical trends and... Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by T. Burrows
Whew!!! That's gotta be the looooooongest liner notes to a cd I've EVER read! But don't get me wrong. Read morePublished on August 5, 2005 by J S Via
I know this book revolves around an abstract idea linking Bob Dylan`s basement tapes to an old , lost America ( the invisible Republic ) , but , oh dear , where do I begin ? Read morePublished on January 22, 2002 by P. D. Laffey
I don't understand some of the other customer reviews of this book. Were the basement tapes created in a vacuum, or were the ghosts of American folk music floating around that... Read morePublished on October 24, 2000