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"This book is terminal, goes deeply into the subconscious and plows through that period of time like a rake. Greil Marcus has done it again."—Bob Dylan"It is the speculative intelligence with which Marcus chases the specters and wraiths of this country's musical past that emerges as the exhilarating feat of [The Old, Weird America] . . . No previous writer has so transportingly or authoritatively revealed Mr. Dylan against receding vistas of American music and culture."—Robert Polito, The New York Times Book Review
I wish it had been more informative and less of a rambling diatribe.
Unlike Tosches, though, at least Marcus spares his audience the boring and pretentious details of his own personal and professional life to make his word count.
This music is much richer and more complex than the mid-twentieth century folk music familiar to Dylan fans.
Creative and interesting comparison between the Basement Tapes and Smith's Anthology of Folk Music and how both fit within the American narrative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bmcavan
The author is a scholar. This is a SERIOUS read. I have a graduate degree and have done more than my share of research and writing, but must admit I stopped reading at times just... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carlos Muebles
As a child of the sixties, I happily sang and played folk music without suspecting the deeper political/philosophical movement they represented. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie Sloane
Greil Marcus has gone a long way with the phrase used in the title, and he's appropriately proud of it. This book was originally published under a different title. Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Big Al
I ordered this item on December 26 for a class I'm taking next semester and it arrived promptly and in excellent condition. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michaela
A passionate, beautifully-written book--American/English prose of the highest level, infused with a deep love and enlightening vision. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by A. slater
This book starts as bombastic, bloated, unintelligible drivel--and goes downhill from there. The best thing about it is the cover. Read morePublished on October 1, 2008 by Carol
Greil Marcus has somehow parlayed his college degree in the obsolete "myth-symbol" school of American Studies into a career as a philosopher of American music. Read morePublished on August 10, 2007 by Michael C. Stephens
Greil Marcus Should Marry Bob Dylan...he's already written a long love-letter. True there are a lot of interesting musical relationships brought out in the author's discussion,... Read morePublished on February 12, 2007 by Tim Cooper