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If you love rock’n’roll, you’re going to love Mystery Train.
There’s nothing quite as American, in the eyes of the world, as Rock’N’Roll.
Greil Marcus, in 1975, wondered how the relationship between this contemporary art form and the greater culture and national identity was formed.
So, he went deep under the surface of rock’n’roll to find out and he honed in on six artists in particular, Sly Stone, The Band, Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Randy Newman and Harmonica Frank to do so.
The resulting output is a fascinating deconstruction of rock and it should inspire a lifetime of listening pleasure.
It’s the first and one of the most accomplished books to try and dissect the entire movement of rock n roll and it does so brilliantly.
Mystery Train is an important read for any music fan trying to place the music they love into the bigger picture of life.
You can grab a copy online here.
If you’re not familiar with the artists featured in Mystery Train, you can check out their work on these awesome free music apps, and if you are, you might enjoy our list of the most essential music books or check out Chronicles by Bob Dylan.
Clint Ward is a music industry veteran know by many as “SeeDub”. Currently he’s creatively at large with the The Audioward and is co-founder at New Music World. Clint was a founder at Emagic North America, worked at Apple, Apogee, Line 6, IMSTA and Roland Cloud. He’s a music creation technologist, passionate music curator and fierce industry observer.