Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music

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The author dissects America through his discussion of Robert Johnson, The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis Presley. He argues that these men tended to see themselves as symbolic Americans and he reasons that their music is an attempt to live up to that role. This book was first published in 1977.

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More than 20 years after its initial publication, Mystery Train remains one of the smartest, most provocative books ever written about rock-and-roll. Marcus puts his subjects--which include Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley, The Band, Randy Newman and Sly Stone--into their proper context, which is the culture-at-large. He makes you understand why these musicians matter and what they have contributed to the American imagination. In his introduction, Marcus confesses that he is no longer "capable of mulling over Elvis without thinking about Herman Melville"--to the benefit, I might add, of both parties. -- Gala Brand

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?Gets as close to the heart and soul of America and American music as the best of rock ?n? roll.? ?Bruce Springsteen ?The finest examination to date of American popular music.? ?Alan Light, "Entertainment Weekly" ?Probably the best book ever written about rock.? ?"Rolling Stone"

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