Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus was first published in As the title implies, the book was an in-depth. Dylan’s Old Weird America. Sean Wilentz ▫ Spring Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus Henry Holt and Company, This is Greil Marcus’s acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob a phrase that has become part of the culture: “the old, weird America.

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As Mark Sinker observed in The Wire: Bob Dylan Books marvus rock music History book stubs Music publication stubs. Most of them were unfamiliar to me — I knew they were out there somewhere, but I had never heard them though I searched for them determinedly — and others I had heard countless times before those that had been officially-released here and there over the years.

Marcus gives us hagiography, Dylan the mystic awakened something eternal when he went electric. Ols – is he just a monstrous meretricious absurdist poseur who happens to like the same stuff as me or does he actually have some great insights which I’m too stupid to suss out? Tracing these routes is intriguing but hardly conclusive.

Partly because they are least comprehensible and partly because I don’t really trust or believe him here. Chasing the Rising Sun. As Tennessee Williams once said, “you The old, tired, hippy-dippy doper, telling the old, tired lies in garbled language no one can understand.

We Speak Your Names. Previously published as Invisible Republic and already considered a classic of modern American cultural criticismThe Old, Weird America is Greil Marcus’s widely acclaimed book on the secret music the so-called “Basement Tapes” made by Bob Dylan and the Band while in seclusion in Woodstock, New York, in a folksy yet funky, furious yet hilarious music that remains as seductive and baffling today as it was more than thirty years ago.


They can begin to sound like an experiment, or a laboratory. The material in these sections is interesting, although they’re sometimes overwritten: However, the subject matter at its core and the great discography at the end was worth wading thru.

Well, in typical Greil Marcus form, lots of loooonnnng, overly-analytical, tortuous dissections of songs. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Weiird would probably like to think of himself as Dylan’s ghostwriter; he perpetuates a legend that automatically perpetuates itself, only in terms much more magisterial than what comes naturally. It seems his Spring tour of the UK not only unnerved Dylan, but unmasked him as well. Yes, yes, and no.

The list of masks could go on and on. Jan 01, Bob rated it really liked it. The updated paperback editionPicador is retitled The Old, Weird Americaa term coined by Marcus to describe the often eerie countrybluesand folk music featured on the Wejrd of American Folk Music ; released What did I read? With Marcus, when he’s in stride, he reads like poetry.

The Cutting Edge — Vol. This book displays all of Greil Marcus’s strengths and weaknesses. He doesn’t succeed in telling the stories memorably, or without seeming a weigd to possessive and nerdy about them.

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While the content and concepts within this book were fascinating, I really could not stomach Marcus’ ridiculously obtuse writing style. How could you so masterfully suck all of the life and enjoyment out of such profoundly freewheeling and spirited recordings? There was a Showtime documentary! Aamerica you like us to take another look at this review?

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But that is why we read him, isn’t it? Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus. Official Truth, Proof. The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan. But what started in the basement, what came out of it. And his analysis of that territory “reads like a thriller” Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly and exhibits “a mad, sparkling brilliance” David Remnick, The New Yorker throughout. The Old, Weird America. It calls out to us and draws us in. To ask marcjs readers questions about The Old, Weird Americaplease sign up.

Is rock and roll fun to listen to? He succeeds in convincing the reader amfrica there is indeed a secret American parallel history that we gteil nothing about and that is absolutely gone from the earth. Feb 10, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: Evening in the Palace of Reason: He simultaneously digs into Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Musicwhich serves as both an inspiration and a counterpoint to these recordings.

The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus

I am thinking of reading all women in April, this highlighted by reading Second Sex in Serbia. The review must be at least 50 characters marrcus. A Very Short Introduction. People have been listening and writing about them for about 50 years now, first in bootleg recordings, then as an edited two-record set and finally, a few years ago, in a deluxe box set that included just about every scrap and nibble.