Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Attention, Greil Marcus Obsessives

Posted by on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

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One of America's preeminent old-guard music critics, Greil Marcus, has a new website dedicated to writings by and about the man who's authored a library's worth of important books, including Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century, Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music, In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977–1992, and When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison. Marcus also edited Lester Bangs' posthumous collection of essays and features Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, a Nobel-worthy endeavor.

GreilMarcus.net is a blog that spotlights some of the man's archived writings, "pulled from as many sources as possible (magazines, newspapers, liner notes, books, fanzines, websites, podcasts, etc.) and posted in a more or less random fashion, with one or two posts per day, four or five days per week," writes administrator Scott Woods.

Marcus' ability to connect music to broader cultural movements and political ideologies is almost unparalleled. He possesses pretty good taste, too. Dig into his huge archive of writing here.

Tip: Michaelangelo Matos

 

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