Mystery Train; Images of America in Rock 'N Roll / Edition 4

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Overview

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. Now, firmly established as a classic, the fourth edition features a completely new introduction as well as an entirely updated discography that includes CDs for the first time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452278363
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Greil Marcus
Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces, The Dustbin of History (both from Harvard), and The Shape of Things to Come, The Old, Weird America, Mystery Train, and other books.

Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note
Introduction to the 1997 Edition
Prologue 1
Ancestors
Harmonica Frank, 1951 11
Robert Johnson, 1938 19
Inheritors
The Band: Pilgrims' Progress 39
Sly Stone: The Myth of Staggerlee 65
Randy Newman: Every Man Is Free 96
Elvis: Presliad 120
Epilogue 176
Notes and Discographies 179
Index 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Read closely and listen more closely

    I picked this book up as part of research for a high school paper on Robert Johnson, and ended up stealing the book from the school library. This book will change the way you listen to music; you will hear things you previously missed, you will mentally trace the history and influence of everything you hear hereafter. Rock and roll is more than what you hear on the radio - its the reflection of a culture, and if you don't understand that when you pick this book up, you will when you are finished. This is more than a book about rock and roll - it's a rock and roll history of America. Should be required reading for every history class in America.

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