An analysis and critique of an artist at the height of his creative powers; it affords unique insight into the mistakes, inspirations and bloody mindedness that come together only in the very highest cultural moments
For the fortieth anniversary of the recording of 'Like a Rolling Stone' - the definitive biography of the song that caught the questing spirit of its time and overnight changed the rules of the possible in popular music for all time. In Like a Rolling Stone Marcus locates Dylan's six-minute masterwork in its richest, fullest context, capturing the heady atmosphere of the recording studio in 1965 as musicians and technicians clustered around the mercurial genius from Minnesota, the young Bob Dylan. This is the stage for Marcus's recreation of the song on the page - its emergence from fragments, its words, its sounds, its discovery of itself.
Greil Marcus was born in San Francisco in 1945. He is the author of Mystery Train, Invisible Republic, Lipstick Traces and Double Trouble, and the editor of Lester Bangs's Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. In 1998 he curated the exhibition '1948' at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Marcus writes a bi-weekly column for salon.com and a monthly column for Interview. He was described by John Rockwell in theNew York Times as 'a writer of rare perception and a genuinely innovative thinker'. Greil Marcus lives in Berkeley, California.
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