Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'N' Roll Music

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When it was first published, critic after critic called this brilliant study of rock 'n' roll and American culture the best book on the subject.

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Now, it's firmly established as a classic. MYSTERY TRAIN is still hailed as a milestone, and a remarkable chapter about Elvis, called the 'Presliad,' is regarded by many as the most insightful writing we have about Presley. Even after Presley's death, Marcus' essay emerges from the hoopla and hysteria as a landmark in American cultural criticism. Focusing on 6 artists-'Ancestors' Robert Johnson and Harmonica Frank and 'Inheritors' Randy Newman, the Band, Sly Stone, and Presley-this timeless and enthralling book, as Stuart Bailie wrote in NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, 'holds its own even now, making magic and showing fresh readers that the open spaces are out there-still.' 'Probably the best book ever written about rock.' -Rolling Stone

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Author Greil Marcus
Publisher Plume Books
Page Count 408pp
Publication Size 6 x 9
Publication Notes Paperback, Revised 5th Edition
Publication Date March 25, 2008
ISBN 978-0452289185

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