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Stranded by Greil Marcus
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Mar 31, 12

Read from February 10 to March 31, 2012 — I own a copy

It's a simple but brilliant idea for a book. Greil Marcus asked a number of the top music writers to pick one album that he or she would take to a desert island and write a little piece on it. The result is this compelling collection. It would be churlish to argue right off with the selections (What? No Blonde on Blonde? No White Album?)because these essays are almost all beautifully written even when they are about artists you don't care about (for me, The Eagles, and The New York Dolls) and some of them are downright inspiring. I especially loved Janet Maslin on Something Else by the Kinks, Kit Rachlis on Decade by Neil Young, and Lester Bangs on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. And I learned about some artists I am now going to seek out: Little Willie John, Huey "Piano" Smith, The "5" Royales.
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message 1: by Doug (new)

Doug Mcquirter Keep me posted of your thoughts. I have a copy and need to read it one of these days.


Corey I've only read Lester Bangs' whacked-out introduction and a fine piece on Van Morrison by someone named M. Marks. Good stuff so far.


message 3: by Melki (new)

Melki No Boxcar Willy?
What about Slim Whitman?


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