Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n Roll Music
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About "Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock'n Roll Music"
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.
Meet the Author
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.