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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Still, inthe book’s a little dated. The Old, Weird America: The title should be at least 4 characters long. I have to say, they still got it wrong. To some people at least. Another Self Portrait — Vol. I was surprised that even Greil Marcus would go quite so far out on such an esoteric and wobbly premise.

I have to give this four stars because of the profound influence it had on me the year or so after I read it. This book displays all of Greil Marcus’s strengths and weaknesses. However, the subject matter at its core and the great discography at the end was worth wading thru.

I listened to tracks and read passages over and over again, but instead of being constantly enlightened i found it just jarred the flow of the read. A maginfiecet exploration of the subconscious underneath of the summer of love and music.

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Marcus invokes the Americana represented by medicine shows, carny barkers, confidence men, Puritans and other fringe characters. It gave the album a bit more of a narrative, which is, as i opened up with, pretty cool. A wop bop a loobop a lop bam weltenshauung. There’s some great suggestions for songs to go and deepen your appreciation of the music.

The updated paperback editionPicador is retitled The Old, Weird Americaa term coined by Marcus to describe the often eerie countrybluesand folk music featured on the Anthology of American Thw Music ; released This new edition of The Old, Weird America includes an updated discography. One can’t wonder how big on an influence Smith’s anthology was on the American folk music revival amerrica the early Sixties.


I think I prefer Nick Tosches in such free association. An extraordinary teacher whose voice should be heard. Part of me thinks it’s BS, and yet he gets under the skin of the music, which to some extent is essential, otherwise such books tend to bore me.

It only makes sense that he’d pour his obsessions over these tracks and come up with some kind of answer. In honor of Dylan’s seventieth birthday, this special edition includes a new introduction, an updated discography, and a cover featuring never-before-seen photographs of the legendary recording sessions.

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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. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

He also succeeds in showing how the Basement Tapes and Anthology of American Folk Music are points of entry into this secret past. Over the past couple of years much of the book had been forgotten, but some tiny details stuck with tge, for they resonated with me for some reason or another.

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

Like entering a 60’s hyperbaric chamber Jan 01, Bob rated it really liked it. He could be, but this isn’t quite that book.

This book for now goes back on the shelf, to be pulled down again for reference when needed or when it calls out my name again. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. The discography is, perhaps, more interesting than the prose.

Unlike Tosches, though, at least Marcus spares his audience the boring and pretentious details of his own personal and professional life to make his word count. It doesn’t make sense, but that’s okay.

Dec 22, Rama Bauer rated it did not like it. Tbe might geil on great parts of my own life, come to think of it – good ideas done in the wrongest possible way? I am thinking of reading all women in April, this highlighted by reading Second Sex in Serbia. In this particular effort, you get Dylan, Americana, myth, history, and music, all converging into some sort of dream tha I like the way Marcus writes about rock.


Devil Sent the Rain. Of course the best tracks were picked and mastered, but when it’s Dylan and the band, there have to be more gems. The Basement Tapes Complete Vol.

At times it’s like he thinks he’s supposed to make his prose as opaque as Dylan’s rhyme. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Saying goodbye to several dozen books due to a water damage incident and I thought I’d write at least a little memorial to each of them and about why I kept them around. It was a completely fascinating account of the continuum that Greil Marcus perceived in the early 20th century folk and blues recordings documented on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music through to the music produced by Bob Dylan ole his then-regular backup group who later became famous as “The Band” when they woodshedded and recorded at the house that would later be immortalized as Big Pink in upper New York State after Dylan’s motorcycle accident.

Can wird spoiled, aging Baby Boomer redeem himself for a lifetime of sloppy, lazy scholarship with one last book that will prove beyond a doubt that the real meaning of America can only be found in obscure Dylan recordings no-one has ever heard but a tiny elite of leftist academics? Inscription for Greil Marcus’s tombstone: Sorry Greil Marcus, I quit you. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. With Marcus, when he’s in stride, he reads like poetry. americs

If you want to learn more about “The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes” as the cover of the edition says, do not buy this book. Aug 07, Jonas rated it liked it Recommends it for: Tarantula Writings and Drawings Chronicles: