Books by Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is the author of nine previous books, including The Old, Weird America and Like a Rolling Stone. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An honorable if sometimes clumsy attempt to put the Doors in their cultural place."
The veteran critic (Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, 2010, etc.) turns his attention to one of the defining rock bands of the 1960s. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"In this fatiguing chronicle of a gifted musician's work, quality never equals quantity."
The renowned critic compiles more than four decades of writing about his favorite subject, who he has covered in such books as Invisible Republic (1997) and Like a Rolling Stone (2005). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Enormous fun for Twin Peaks freaks, Rothophiles, Ginsberg groupies and all who like to sit among the pins in a busy bowling alley."
Prophets are among us, declares Marcus (Like a Rolling Stone, 2005, etc.): singing and making films, writing novels and poetry. But we rarely listen to them until it's too late. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"How does it feel? Pretty good, most of the time."
Veteran rock critic and cultural historian takes on Dylan's rock 'n' roll legacy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 2000

"Much good, little bad, no ugly."
An entertaining miscellany by journalist, rock critic, and cultural historian Marcus (Dead Elvis, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

"Of course, a basic knowledge of Dylan's career is assumed by the author, but this rarely hampers an otherwise brilliant look at how America's often unseen folk tradition shaped one of America's greatest folk musicians."
Ostensibly about the recordings Bob Dylan made in the house called "Big Pink" in upstate New York, in 1967, veteran rock critic Marcus's study in fact uses the tapes more as a departure point for an innovative view of American folk music and folklore and how it shaped Dylan's imagination and career. Read full book review >
DEAD ELVIS by Greil Marcus
Released: Nov. 12, 1991

"With 50 b&w and 10 color illustrations syncopated throughout the text (which itself features numerous typefaces), it's a graphically as well as intellectually stimulating foray into the farthest reaches of Elvisdom."
Probing—at times beyond the pale—ponderings on Elvis as the ultimate American icon. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 1989

"Ratified but provocative, intriguing, and hip sociocultural analysis."
The title here, taken from the 1962 hit lyrics "Lipstick traces/On a cigarette," aptly sums up Marcus' (Village Voice columnist; Mystery Train, 1975) paradoxical project—which amounts to fashioning a text on the enduring aspects of the "hidden history" of modernism as revealed in that imprint of the ephemeral, pop music. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 29, 1979

"Rockwell's grown-up approach gives some hope that rock criticism can some day be rich, varied, substantial; as of now, on the fairly representative evidence here, it's kid stuff all the way."
The premise of this book was simple: ask twenty writers what rock and roll record they would take to a desert island." Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1975

"Worth tuning in, even if it requires some effort."
Marcus is nothing if not ambitious, and in this probing study of a handful of our most important rock artists he is self-consciously asserting their claim to cultural significance beyond the blaring kilowatts of AM radio. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1972

"Actors recalcitrant, camera twitchy, story-line dim."
Two efforts at uniting art and revolution. Read full book review >