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Marcus, Greil

Works: 179 works in 856 publications in 9 languages and 28,867 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Rock music  Drama  Biographical films  Musical films  Historical films  Anecdotes  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Writer of accompanying material, Other, wpr, Redactor, win, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: ML3534, 810.9
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Greil Marcus
Mystery train : images of America in rock 'n' roll music by Greil Marcus( Book )

85 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,402 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 )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 2,271 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 )

91 editions published between 1988 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the avant-garde history of twentieth-century Europe through the lifestyle and music of the Sex Pistols
The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs by Greil Marcus( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,452 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
Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus : writings 1968-2010 by Greil Marcus( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An author who has made a career of living and breathing--and, of course, listening to--Bob Dylan collects more than 40 years of his essays on the music, performances, books and movies by and about Bob Dylan. B
I'm not there by Todd Haynes( Visual )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,332 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
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 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greil Marcus presents an in-depth examination of Bob Dylan's 1965 single
Psychotic reactions and carburetor dung by Lester Bangs( Book )

41 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,027 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 )

33 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 902 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
Invisible republic : Bob Dylan's basement tapes by Greil Marcus( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 816 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
Best music writing 2009 by Greil Marcus( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of essays and articles about music and its culture published in 2008, covering a diversity of music styles, including rock, pop, rap, jazz, blues, and country
The shape of things to come : prophecy and the American voice by Greil Marcus( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and French and held by 789 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 )

23 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and German and held by 771 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 )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 758 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
When that rough god goes riding : listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and German and held by 675 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
Blowin' in the wind by Bob Dylan( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 608 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 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stranded : rock and roll for a desert island by Greil Marcus( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Double trouble : Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a land of no alternatives by Greil Marcus( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 410 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
A new literary history of America
A new literary history of AmericaLipstick traces : a secret history of the twentieth centuryBob Dylan by Greil Marcus : writings 1968-2010Like a rolling stone : Bob Dylan at the crossroadsPsychotic reactions and carburetor dungDead Elvis : a chronicle of a cultural obsessionThe Doors : a lifetime of listening to five mean yearsInvisible republic : Bob Dylan's basement tapes
Alternative Names
Greil, Marcus

Greil Marcus Amerikaans auteur

Greil Marcus historiador estadounidense

Greil Marcus historien américain

Greil Marcus US-amerikanischer Autor, Musikjournalist und Universitätsdozent

Marcus, Greil



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English (440)

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French (17)

Italian (9)

Spanish (8)

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