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Greil Marcus is the author, most recently, of The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. He lives in Oakland, California.

A Hell of a Song

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

A Hell of a Song

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January's Real Life Rock Top 10 is led by "The Affair", as an unexpected moment yields the transformation of a classic American song. List by Greil Marcus.
Twenty-One Visions of a Handful of Rain

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Twenty-One Visions of a Handful of Rain

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"This is a dream inside a maelstrom, and the maelstrom comes back." Greil Marcus dives into multiple takes of one song in the new Bob Dylan Bootleg Editions collection.
Delayed Reaction

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Delayed Reaction

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Think you've heard Lana Del Rey's "Honeymoon"? Listen again. Plus: John Seabrook, Cat Power, Jakob Dylan and more in Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10.
Really Loud Librarians

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Really Loud Librarians

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Carrie Brownstein's "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" takes us into a world where the smallest gesture can set off a creative explosion. Greil Marcus reviews.

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

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August in the life of Greil Marcus: French theater goes punk, Johnny Rotten grows up, and a killer soundtrack redeems "True Detective".
The Last Person on Earth

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

The Last Person on Earth

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Asif Kapadia's "Amy" opens a window onto commitment and loss, a festival takes on hated songs, Jessica Hopper pulls it together and more in Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10.
American Oxygen

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

American Oxygen

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Greil Marcus's month in review: Rihanna and the Splash Brothers triumph, while other national idols are called into question.
Glad All Over

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Glad All Over

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Greil Marcus's month in review spotlights spring awakenings, from Paris to West Virginia and back again.
Struggle to Be Heard

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Struggle to Be Heard

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In this month's Real Life Rock Top 10, War on Women, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and other voices rising above the din.
Stopping Time

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Stopping Time

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In this month's edition of his column, Greil Marcus stays in the moment - from a Baltimore club in 1951 to a Minneapolis stage with Sleater-Kinney.
How They Got Here

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

How They Got Here

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A critic's month that was: D'Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.'s storied soundtrack.
Where the Song Leaves You

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

Where the Song Leaves You

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Rhiannon Giddens takes her turn and Common and John Legend rekindle glory: Greil Marcus's Real Life Rock Top 10.