Greil Marcus


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Greil Marcus (born June 19, 1945) is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic. He is notable for producing scholarly and literary essays that place rock music in a much broader framework of culture and politics than is customary in pop music journalism.

Marcus was born in San Francisco and earned an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of ... more »

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  • ''Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.''
    Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).
  • ''Elvis transcends his talent to the point of dispensing with it altogether.''
    Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).
  • ''It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.''
    Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).
  • ''We make the oldest stories new when we succeed, and we are trapped by the old stories when we fail.''
    Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. Mystery Train, prologue (1976).
  • ''No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes.''
    Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Robert Johnson," Mystery Train (1976).
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