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Marcus, Greil

Works: 153 works in 579 publications in 6 languages and 23,076 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Drama  Anecdotes  Music  Interviews  Reviews  Gospel music  Country music 
Roles: Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Author of introduction, Compiler, Other
Classifications: ML3534, 810.9
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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 5 languages and held by 2,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Focusing on a handful of performers - Harmonica Frank, Robert Johnson, the Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman, and Elvis Presley - Greil Marcus opens up the American story of ambition and defeat, dreams and lies. This fifth edition includes an updated version of the ever-expanding Notes and Discographies section, exploring the evolution and continuing impact of the performers and recordings featured in this book."--BOOK JACKET
A new literary history of America ( Book )
13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 2,084 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 )
42 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and German and held by 1,687 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
Like a rolling stone : Bob Dylan at the crossroads by Greil Marcus ( Book )
26 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Greil Marcus presents an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's 1965 single
I'm not there by Todd Haynes ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,329 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
Dead Elvis : a chronicle of a cultural obsession by Greil Marcus ( Book )
18 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Psychotic reactions and carburetor dung by Lester Bangs ( Book )
22 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays examine rock performers and bands including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Chicago, the Clash, James Taylor, and Iggy Pop
The Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean years by Greil Marcus ( Book )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 916 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 )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 841 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."--BOOK JACKET
Invisible republic : Bob Dylan's basement tapes by Greil Marcus ( Book )
13 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 805 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
The dustbin of history by Greil Marcus ( Book )
17 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 790 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 by Sean Wilentz ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 788 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
Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus : writings 1968-2010 by Greil Marcus ( Book )
18 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 687 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
When that rough god goes riding : listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus ( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 620 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
Ranters & crowd pleasers : punk in pop music, 1977-92 by Greil Marcus ( Book )
7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stranded : rock and roll for a desert island ( Book )
6 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Double trouble : Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a land of no alternatives by Greil Marcus ( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 438 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
Rock and roll will stand by Greil Marcus ( Book )
7 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Another self portrait (1969-1971) by Bob Dylan ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Volume 10 in 'The Bootleg Series' released by Columbia Records, 'Another Self Portrait' is an album of unreleased recordings, demos and alternative takes from Bob Dylan's albums 'Self Portrait' and 'New Morning', both originally released in the 1970s. The album, featuring tracks that include 'Railroad Bill', 'Thirsty Boots' and 'Time Passes Slowly', debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #5
Personal file by Johnny Cash ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
マーカス, グリール
English (321)
French (6)
Italian (3)
Spanish (3)
German (2)
Dutch (1)