The Old, Weird America: The World Of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes

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Greil Marcus's acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob Dylan and the Band in 1967 - music that remains as seductive and baffling today as it was more than thirty years ago.

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Previously published as INVISIBLE REPUBLIC. THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA is 'Marcus's contention is that there can be found in American folk a community as deep, as electric, as perverse and as conflicted as all America, and that the songs Dylan recorded out of the public eye, in a basement in Woodstock, are where that community as a whole gets to speak,' wrote Mark Singer in THE WIRE. But the country mapped in this book, as Bruce Shapiro wrote in THE NATION, 'is not Woody Guthrie's land made for you and me.... It's what Marcus calls 'the old, weird America' -the 'playground for God, Satan, tricksters, Puritans, confidence me, illuminati, braggarts, preachers, anonymous poets of all strips,' as Luc Sante put it in NEW YORK magazine. It's no wonder THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA 'reads like a thriller' (Ken Tucker, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY); as Mary Gaitskill said in ARTFORUM, 'Marcus's writing works much like music: It flies by in a comet tail.'

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Author Greil Marcus
Publisher Picador Books
Page Count 293pp
Publication Size 5.25 x 8
Publication Notes Softcover, b/w
Publication Date September 22, 2001
ISBN 978-0312420437

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