The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes

Marcus, Greil

| 2001

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Previously published as "Invisible Republic" and already considered a classic of modern American cultural criticism," ""The Old, Weird America" is Greil Marcus's widely acclaimed book on the secret music (the so-called "Basement Tapes") made by Bob Dylan and the Band while in seclusion in Woodstock, New York, in 1967--a folksy yet funky, furious yet hilarious music that remains as seductive and baffling today as it was more than thirty years ago. As Mark Sinker observed in "The Wire" "Marcus's contention is that there can be found in American folk a community as deep, as electric, as perverse, and as conflicted as all America, and that the songs Dylan recorded out of the public eye, in a basement in Woodstock, are where that community as a whole gets to speak." But the country mapped out in this book, as Bruce Shapiro wrote in "The Nation," "is not Woody Guthrie's land for made for you and...

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