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Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations - The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization (Hardback)
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Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations - The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization (Hardback)

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Hardback 164 Pages / Published: 09/10/2015
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Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we discover three different ways of talking about the United States, and three separate nations within its borders.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674187085
Number of pages: 164
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 180 x 119 x 18 mm


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Wildly, lyrically, Marcus writes in Three Songs of seemingly 'authorless' compositions--songs by no one that belong to everyone, that change as they appear and reappear with new interpreters...In this alluring mystico-musicology, songs bend singers to their disembodied will, not vice versa.--Sara Marcus"New Republic" (08/31/2015)
Greil Marcus remains pop's most visionary writer, following the thread that flows like the ghostly Mississippi beneath America's musical traditions. He's always essential reading.--Bruce Springsteen
[Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations is] wonderful: emblematic of Marcus's interest in how words and melodies find truths that survive the centuries, or appear likely to...He just makes your spine tingle with the feeling he has for music and the things he can perceive in it.--Danny Eccleston"Mojo" (01/01/2016)
[This] volume find[s] Marcus doing what he does best: hearing what you didn't hear or nailing precisely what you did.--David Cantwell"New Yorker" (12/02/2015)
Greil Marcus walks a fine line between grand, romantic, almost dreamy poetic prose and analysis. The enterprise could easily have turned purple, but he does it with consummate skill: distinctive and readable, capturing the sense of a nation haunted by its songs. And the notion that the ultimate accolade might be an artist's work acquiring anonymity is all the more resonant in an age of cheap fame.-- (10/17/2015)
Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations is a beautiful and hypnotic treatise about how songs journey from origin to ether, from nowhere to everywhere, from a single voice to a common one. As always, Marcus writes with an exhilarating musicality that posits the reader inside the notes, directly upon the sonic road itself, at once both visceral and transcendent.--Carrie Brownstein
Greil Marcus may be the single most influential American music critic of the past half century. A compelling stylist and seemingly omnivorous listener, reader, and viewer of Americana, he teases out echoes of American art and of U.S. history's spiritual dimensions to find a depth in pop forms that few others seek as seriously...Brisk and brilliant.-- (01/05/2016)

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