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The author of the book: Greil Marcus
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Edition: Harvard University Press
Date of issue: August 25th 1998
ISBN: 0674218574
ISBN 13: 9780674218574
Language: English

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I've owned this for years, at least a decade, but the density and abstraction of the opening essay, coupled with the book's relative lack of music writing, rendered this something less than a must-read. But I'm very glad I gave it another shot, and a little annoyed with myself for not trusting that Marcus would make something interesting and worthwhile out of Nazi-hunting thriller novels, various visual artists, Susan Sontag, and the unknown-to-me early-R&B businesswoman Deborah Chessler, among the numerous subjects he tackles here. As usual, I find myself facing down an unpredictable shopping list -- Marcus is bad (but so good!) for my wallet. (A sampling: Peter Handke's Short Letter, Long Farewell, the works of Eric Ambler, Peter Schneider's The Wall Jumper -- Germany looms large in this book -- and movies like American Hot Wax and The Manchurian Candidate.)

The overall themes here aren't all that unusual for Marcus -- secret and shadow histories, one-off moments of transcendence and revelation, the triumphs of small, often forgotten pieces of popular culture -- but what makes The Dustbin of History a little different from the rest of his work (at least what I've read of it) is its range. He's all over the map here, both geographically and metaphorically. In a way, it's sort of strange to see some of his old standbys, like Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson, in this context, just because they're such familiar touchstones for his work, but it's not like their presence doesn't make sense. For a collection of pieces written anywhere between the mid-'70s and the mid-'90s, it holds together remarkably well, and I can definitely see myself revisiting at least half a dozen of these essays for years to come.

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Ebook The Dustbin of History read Online! Greil Marcus is the author of Mystery Train (1975), Lipstick Traces (1989), The Shape of Things to Come (2006), When that Rough God Goes Riding and Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus (both 2010), and other books. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America (2009). In recent years he has taught at Berkeley, Princeton, Minnesota, NYU, and the New School in New York. He lives in Oakland, California.

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