Mystery Train

Mystery Train

Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music

Book - 2008
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Catch a train to the heart of rock 'n' roll with this essential study of the quintessential American art form. First published in 1975, Greil Marcus's Mystery Train remains a benchmark study of rock 'n' roll and a classic in the field of music criticism. Focusing on six key artists, Robert Johnson, Harmonica Frank, Randy Newman, the Band, Sly Stone, and Elvis Presley, Marcus explores the evolution and impact of rock 'n' roll and its unique place in American culture. This fifth edition of Mystery Train includes an updated and rewritten Notes and Discographies section, exploring the evolution and continuing impact of the recordings featured in the book.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2008
Edition: 5th ed
ISBN: 9780452289185
Branch Call Number: Performing Arts 784.097 Mar


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Dec 11, 2017

originally published in the seventies, updated in the nineties to include some things, like The Band's second incarnation, but not others, like Elvis's death. this left me always a little puzzled about when i was reading. which is not a problem for time-telescoped music like The Band's and Randy Newman's, but definitely changes how you view Sly and the Family Stone or Elvis. this is early Marcus and straighter criticism than he'll drift to later, less poetic swirling, more "get this reissue but not that one."
still, fascinating, insightful, entertaining.


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