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Shelves: social-crit , america-fuck-yeah , lit-crit , musique , historyonics-american wonderful book. He combines or better to say assimiliates varying traditions and social forces within American history and popular culture, beginning with an artist, a moment, a tone, a mood, an instance and expanding it outward into larger and more elegant circles of reference and obscure historical connection until we get a sort of folk gestalt, an x-ray if you will, of another seemingly endless angle on the American consciousness, which is wonderful book. He combines or better to say assimiliates varying traditions and social forces within American history and popular culture, beginning with an artist, a moment, a tone, a mood, an instance and expanding it outward into larger and more elegant circles of reference and obscure historical connection until we get a sort of folk gestalt, an x-ray if you will, of another seemingly endless angle on the American consciousness, which is experiemntal to the bone. A whole chapter on Harmonica Frank?

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And while as a fan I enjoyed seeing that Sly Stone was included as one of the principals in the book, his section drifted from its named subject more so than any other, which was disappointing. His imagination helps make Big Pink a better record.

Mar 26, Paul Secor rated it did not like it. If you are studying the subject or are a HUGE fan of one of the six a I like rock and roll, I like music, I probably listen to more genres of music than the average American, I like rock biographies, and I like American history — so why not read trsin book that is a modern classic and the reviews say I should read?

Sometimes his detailed history nystery mythology is hard to plow through, but it is a fascinating read for those who are obsessed with music. View all 3 comments. He is the artist who truly brought together gospel and race records, and rock n roll, and popular ballads, and standards, and country western.

Had a new copy of this and decided to reread it. I might as well just write a book about the exact same bands Marcus talks about and claim whatever it is I want to claim about them. Dec 30, Mike Bender rated it really liked it. There is simply too much to forget. Marcus has listened to all the Sun recordings, and I apparently have just scratched the surface.

It will be interesting to see if I like his writing when he covers one of my favorite genres. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Our politics have robbed the good words of ethics of their meaning; an impenetrable official venality has robbed the good ideas of the last few years of theirs. It becomes easier to think that nothing is new under the sun, or that if there is, that one can no longer be a part of what is new. Culture, as Robert Orsi following Geertz puts it, is the world that we make and sustain together, inheriting the work those before us have done while simultaneously taking it all for granted and working on that inheritance.

The other half is Notes and Discographies, which was updated in As the members of an audience grow older, they lead less public lives. One looks harder for the comforts of similarity, and shes from the risks of diversity. There are some awkward moments here—the discussion of Robert Johnson makes me cringe some now. Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you are studying the subject or are a HUGE fan of one of the six artists then I would recommend picking this up.

Feb 24, Padraic rated it it was amazing Shelves: But that scream toward the end of Sail Away is a candidate too. Related Posts.

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