Greil Marcus





Greil Marcus

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Greil Marcus is the author of Mystery Train (1975), Lipstick Traces (1989), The Shape of Things to Come (2006), When that Rough God Goes Riding and Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus (both 2010), and other books. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America (2009). In recent years he has taught at Berkeley, Princeton, Minnesota, NYU, and the New School in New York. He lives in Oakland, California.


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Lipstick Traces: A Secret H...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,327 ratings — published 1989 — 18 editions
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Mystery Train: Images of Am...
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Like a Rolling Stone: Bob D...
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The Doors: A Lifetime of Li...
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“If you're lucky, at the right time you come across music that is not only "great," or interesting, or "incredible," or fun, but actually sustaining. Though some elusive but tangible process, a piece of music cuts through all defenses and makes sense of every fear and desire you bring to it. As it does so, it exposes all you've held back, and then makes sense of that, too. Though someone else is doing the talking, the experience is like a confession. Your emotions shoot out to crazy extremes; you feel both ennobled and unworthy, saved and damned. You hear that this is what life is all about, that this is what it is for. Yet it is this recognition itself that makes you understand that life can never be this good, this whole. With a clarity life denies for its own good reasons, you see places to which you can never get.”
Greil Marcus, Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992

“Every time Elvis sings, he makes a bargain with the devil -- just like Captain Ahab in MOBY DICK!”
Greil Marcus, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll

“Banishing the love song, people discovered what else there was to sing about.”
Greil Marcus, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century

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