Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus was first published in As the title implies, the book was an in-depth. Dylan’s Old Weird America. Sean Wilentz ▫ Spring Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus Henry Holt and Company, This is Greil Marcus’s acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob a phrase that has become part of the culture: “the old, weird America.

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A great book to read, after a war.

The strength of his weid is in part a reflection of the 60s generation’s continued sense that they lived through and created something unprecedented and since unparalleled. It is also a bit of a construct, as Marcus freely admits. The Royal Albert Hall concert Vol.

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I actually read the Picador edition titled “Invisible Republic”. In a strange case of inverted logic, the most solid critical research is provided in the page discography at the back of the book, with some greill background research on both Dylan and the folk songs mentioned in the body of the book.

Jan 01, Bob rated it really liked it. We appreciate your feedback. The incomprehensible bits are worth it for when the bizarreness works. Anthologyinitially titled American Folk Musicwas reissued by Smithsonian Folkways as a box set of compact disc in the same year as the book’s publication, with portions of the book excerpted as liner notes.

Recommended reading for fans of Bob Dylan, weird America, or thoughtful and intriguing writing. Sep 05, Ben rated it really liked it.


The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus

Revolution in the Air. Partly because they are least comprehensible and partly because I don’t really trust or believe him here. The weakest parts are those about the Basement Tapes. Bob Dylan In America. But it’s Marcus’ wild ride into the lost, weird world of the USA–the one to which Harry Smith testified in his legendary Anthology of American Folk Music–that snags the imagination and leaves its mark.

A must read for all Dylan fans. So, you’d think that Greil Marcus – who has written The Basement Tapes are perhaps the most over-analyzed collection in Bob Dylan’s long career.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. This article is about the book by Greil Marcus. It’s a silly book, to be honest. The Complete Album Collection Vol. The Cambridge Companion to Verdi. Best read with the Basement tapes blasting out at max volume. Songs in the Key grel Z.

The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes

The best bit was from the Guardian review by Americ Ricks on the americs cover. Yes, there are jarcus and lotus-eaters to be found here, and also swindlers, murderers, preachers, performers, reformers, jilted lovers, poets and a whole array of social misfits.

But on other tracks we find hints of betrayal, seduction, lust, deception, warning, desperation, that are part of the collective American experience, going back to the beginnings and running through the present and beyond. Marcus establishes The Basement Tapes as a nexus for myriad paths of American expression and legacy. And in the s and early s several CD sets were released, claiming to offer all or most of the material from these famed sessions, among them The Genuine Basement Marcsu and A Tree With Roots.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As Tennessee Williams once said, “you got to use that kind of language about a thing, it’s ninety proof bull, and I ain’t buying none of it. Long story short and for better or for worse, this book made me start playing and listening to a hell of a lot more folk and country music.

The most pretentious aspect of my copy of the book is that its subject wildly endorses it. Now when i read the book i really really tried to “grok it with fullness” but it’s just so goddamn heady.

It seems his Spring tour of the Amefica not only unnerved Dylan, but unmasked him as well.

It is fitting that Marcus cited Camille Paglia as that appears to be his lodestar, though he lacks her scrutiny as well as her writing panache. Dec 22, Rama Bauer rated it did not like it. Inscription for Greil Marcus’s tombstone: