Greil Marcus


Greil Marcus Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''It may be that the most interesting American struggle is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to, and then to learn something of the value of those limits.''
    Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Robert Johnson (1938)," Mystery Train (1976).

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