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Publisher Comments:

Greil Marcus has been called "simply peerless, not only as a rock writer but as a cultural historian" (Nick Hornby). It's appropriate, then, that he should choose to explore one of the most defining moments in American music: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

It was 1967--the Summer of Love. Bob Dylan and five other musicians (later known as The Band) met in a bungalow in Woodstock, New York, and wrote and produced music that ignored the psychedelic sounds of the time, songs that would eventually become known simply as "The Basement Tapes." The group mined the history of American music and their own talents to produce legendary tracks that were bootleg issues before appearing in official release.

That is the alchemy that was practiced in the Basement Tapes laboratory, and "in that alchemy," Marcus writes, "is an undiscovered country, like the purloined letter hiding in plain sight." Marcus explores this music and the cauldron of the American experience in which it was formed in a book that illuminates America, then and now.

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Discography: p. [232]-272. Includes bibliographical references (p. 224-231) and index.

About the Author

Greil Marcus wrote the liner notes for The Basement Tapes in 1975 and is the author of Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805058420
Subtitle:
Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
Author:
Marcus, Greil
Author:
Marcus, Greil
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Songbooks - Popular
Subject:
Folk music
Edition Number:
1st Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
19980515
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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