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

Paperback|Jan 1992
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The author dissects America through his discussion of Robert Johnson, The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis Presley. He argues that these men tended to see themselves as symbolic Americans and he reasons that their music is an attempt...


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The author dissects America through his discussion of Robert Johnson, The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis Presley. He argues that these men tended to see themselves as symbolic Americans and he reasons that their music is an attempt to live up to that role. This book was first published in 1977.
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Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic," "Dead Elvis," "Lipstick Traces," & "Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum," "Interview," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," & "Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000.

  • Part 1 Ancestors: Harmonica Frank, 1951
  • Robert Johnson, 1938. Part 2 Inheritors: The Band - Pilgrim's Progress,
  • Crossing The Border, Stranger Blues, The Weight
  • Sly Stone - The Myth Of Staggerlee, Staggerlee, Sly Stone, Riot, Sly
  • Versus Superfly, A Quiet Rebellion
  • Randy Newman - Every Man Is Free, Pop
  • Newman's America, Newman's Failure, Newman's Success
  • Elvis - Presliad, Fanfare, Hillbilly Music, Raised Up, The Rockabilly
  • Moment, Elvis Moves Out, The Boy Who Stole The Blues, The Pink Cadillac,
  • Elvis At Home, Mystery Train.

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