Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music: Fifth Edition

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Penguin, Mar 25, 2008 - Music - 432 pages
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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’ 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 sixth 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.
 

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Marcus is nothing if not ambitious, and in this probing study of a handful of our most important rock artists he is self-consciously asserting their claim to cultural significance beyond the blaring ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE 2008 EDITION
HARMONICA FRANK 1951
Pilgrims Progress
Every ManIs Free Pop NewmansAmerica 1 Newmans America 2 Newmans Failure Coda Newmans Success
INDEX

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Greil Marcus was one of the original staffers at Rolling Stone. He teaches at the New School in New York and lives in California.

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