Greil Marcus


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January 01, 1945

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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...

3.98 avg rating — 3,383 ratings — published 1989 — 25 editions
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Mystery Train: Images of Am...

4.05 avg rating — 3,165 ratings — published 1975 — 26 editions
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The Old, Weird America: The...

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Like a Rolling Stone: Bob D...

3.67 avg rating — 934 ratings — published 2005 — 14 editions
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The History of Rock 'n' Rol...

3.42 avg rating — 905 ratings — published 2014 — 10 editions
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Ranters and Crowd Pleasers:...

3.82 avg rating — 728 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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The Doors: A Lifetime of Li...

3.22 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 2011 — 24 editions
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A New Literary History of A...

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Stranded: Rock and Roll for...

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When That Rough God Goes Ri...

3.30 avg rating — 311 ratings — published 2010 — 15 editions
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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

“Good art is always dangerous, always open-ended. Once you put it out in the world you lose control of it; people will fit it into their minds in all sorts of different ways.”
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