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Marcus, Greil

Works: 160 works in 752 publications in 9 languages and 28,439 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Drama  Biographical films  Musical films  Historical films  Anecdotes  Music  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, zxx
Classifications: ML3534, 782.42164092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Greil Marcus
Mystery train : images of America in rock 'n' roll music by Greil Marcus( Book )

75 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 2,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of rock 'n' roll and American culture, focusing on six artists, including Robert Johnson, Harmonica Frank, Randy Newman, the Band, Sly Stone, and Elvis Presley
A new literary history of America by Greil Marcus( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America is a nation making itself up as it goes along--a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination. In these myriad, multiform, endlessly changing expressions of the American experience, the authors and editors of this volume find a new American history. In more than two hundred original essays, this book brings together the nation's many voices. From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re-envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, the book gives us a new, kaleidoscopic view of what "Made in America" means. Literature, music, film, art, history, science, philosophy, political rhetoric--cultural creations of every kind appear in relation to each other, and to the time and place that give them shape--From publisher description
Lipstick traces : a secret history of the twentieth century by Greil Marcus( Book )

80 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greil Marcus, author of Mystery Train, began work on this new book out of a fascination with the Sex Pistols: that scandalous antimusical group invented in London in 1975 which sparked the emergence of the culture called punk. Where in the world of pop music did that come from? Looking for an answer, with a high sense of the drama of the journey, Marcus takes us down the dark paths of counterhistory, a route of blasphemy, adventure, and surprise. What Marcus shows is that various kinds of angry, absolute demands--demands on society, art, and all the governing structures of everyday life--seem to be coded in phrases, images, and actions passed on invisibly, but inevitably, by people quite unaware of each other. Although the Sex Pistols shape the beginning and the end of the story, this is not a book about music; it is about a common voice, discovered and transmitted in many forms.--From publisher description
I'm not there by Todd Haynes( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicting the different stages and changes in Bob Dylan's career, six actors each portray the musician at different points of his life, creating a patchwork of personalities, attitudes, interests and ambitions
The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs by Greil Marcus( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 that embody rock and roll as a thing in itself--in the story each song tells, inhabits, and creates in its legacy
Like a rolling stone : Bob Dylan at the crossroads by Greil Marcus( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and German and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greil Marcus presents an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's 1965 single
Invisible republic : Bob Dylan's basement tapes by Greil Marcus( Book )

39 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the recordings made by Bob Dylan and the Band in the basement of a house called Big Pink near Woodstock, New York, in 1967, which were Dylan's response to the criticism he received for "betraying" folk music. Marcus places these tapes in the larger contexts of folk music and rock and roll of the late 1960s
Psychotic reactions and carburetor dung by Lester Bangs( Book )

41 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays examine rock performers and bands including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Chicago, the Clash, James Taylor, and Iggy Pop
Dead Elvis : a chronicle of a cultural obsession by Greil Marcus( Book )

28 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean years by Greil Marcus( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Doors: a lasting voice, or psychedelic trash? To Greil Marcus they can be both--in the same song. More Doors songs can be heard on the radio today, forty years after Jim Morrison's death, than those of almost any group of their era. Sparked by that fact, and with the deep focus of a critic engaged with his subject, Marcus both revisits a parade of great performances and explores why and how the Doors have endured with their spirit and menace intact. He makes plain that the Doors are at the heart of what Leslie Fiedler called "the mythic life of their generation," and dramatizes how their music still shimmers with the dread that in their time hovered over a country convulsed by assassination and war, and over a city terrorized by the specter of the Manson murders--a dread that, in different forms, with different faces, is with us still.--From publisher description
The shape of things to come : prophecy and the American voice by Greil Marcus( Book )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and French and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Shape of Things to Come, Greil Marcus traces America's fable of self-invention from its Puritan beginnings to its successive retelling in the work of contemporary artists as diverse as Philip Roth and David Lynch. While artists rather than politicians struggle to define what the nation is and what it is for, Marcus opens up the ferment of America as an idea and as a story."--Jacket
The dustbin of history by Greil Marcus( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and German and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Again and again Marcus skewers the widespread assumption that history exists only in the past, that it is behind us, relegated to the dustbin. Here we see instead that history is very much with us, being made and unmade every day, and unless we recognize it our future will be as cramped and impoverished as our present sense of the past
The rose & the briar : death, love and liberty in the American ballad( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ballad has been part of American history since before the country had a name. In this book, the editors have assembled an astonishing group of writers and artists--novelists, essayists, performers, and critics--to explore the ineffable power of the American ballad. In words and in drawings, the collaborators have tapped the veins of America's most imaginative and expressive form. From "Barbara Allen," one of the earliest, through "The Wreck of the Old 97," to contemporary ballads by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, The Rose & the Briar presents a rich new patch of art and commentary--like the ballads, no two the same, but all of a piece, about stories, storytellers, and American death, love, and liberty.--Publisher
Blowin' in the wind by Bob Dylan( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the familiar Dylan song, accompanied by illustrations
Ranters & crowd pleasers : punk in pop music, 1977-92 by Greil Marcus( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When that rough god goes riding : listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wild turbulence of his music, mirroring the swings in his popular acclaim, makes Van Morrison one of the most perplexing and mysterious figures in modern music. Marcus celebrates the unique world of his songs and performance through the extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in Morrison's career, beginning in 1965 and continuing to this day
Stranded : rock and roll for a desert island by Greil Marcus( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus : writings 1968-2010 by Greil Marcus( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An author who has made a career of listening to Bob Dylan collects more than forty years of his essays on the music, performances, books, and movies by and about Bob Dylan, as he assesses the iconic figure's impact on his times
Double trouble : Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a land of no alternatives by Greil Marcus( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Hilary Clinton, Nirvana, Sinead O'Connor, Andy Warhol, and especially Bob Dylan, Marcus pursues the question of how culture is made and how, through culture, people remake themselves."--Jacket
Real life rock : the complete top ten columns, 1986-2014 by Greil Marcus( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Washington Post hails Greil Marcus as our greatest cultural critic. Writing in the London Review of Books, D. D. Guttenplan calls him probably the most astute critic of American popular culture since Edmund Wilson. For nearly thirty years, he has written a remarkable column that has migrated from the Village Voice to Artforum, Salon, City Pages, Interview, and The Believer and currently appears in the Barnes & Noble Review. It has been a laboratory where Marcus has fearlessly explored and wittily dissected an enormous variety of cultural artifacts, from songs to books to movies to advertisements, teasing out from the welter of everyday objects what amounts to a de facto theory of cultural transmission. Published to complement the paperback edition of The History of Rock & Roll in Ten Songs, Real Life Rock reveals the critic in full: direct, erudite, funny, fierce, vivid, astute, uninhibited, and possessing an unerring instinct for art and fraud. The result is an indispensable volume packed with startling arguments and casual brilliance
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A new literary history of America
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Greil, Marcus

Greil Marcus American historian

Greil Marcus Amerikaans auteur

Greil Marcus US-amerikanischer Autor, Musikjournalist und Universitätsdozent



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A new literary history of AmericaLipstick traces : a secret history of the twentieth centuryLike a rolling stone : Bob Dylan at the crossroadsInvisible republic : Bob Dylan's basement tapesPsychotic reactions and carburetor dungDead Elvis : a chronicle of a cultural obsessionThe Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean yearsThe shape of things to come : prophecy and the American voice