Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus was first published in As the title implies, the book was an in-depth. Dylan’s Old Weird America. Sean Wilentz ▫ Spring Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes by Greil Marcus Henry Holt and Company, This is Greil Marcus’s acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob a phrase that has become part of the culture: “the old, weird America.

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The best part of the book are the Works Cited and the extensive Discography sections at the end. In sum, it’s the sort of thing Dylan and folk music fans will probably enjoy, although I’m not sure I’d recommend it over Mystery Train. Proceed at your own risk.

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

Besides spending a large chapter delving into Smith’s anthology it is still available, now on CDMarcus reminds us of Virginian Dock Boggs. Seriously, it’s shit like this that gives cultural studies a bad name. The electric ghost who howled in the bones of your face from Newport to the Royal Albert Hall, through a hail of confusion, social upheaval and times that were a changin’, vanished into the backwoods of Woodstock and the basement of Big Pink.

Marcus writes the kind of prose that Bob Dylan deserves. Still, I enjoyed a lot of it, even if it required some skimming. Well, in typical Greil Marcus form, lots of loooonnnng, overly-analytical, tortuous dissections of songs. This is Greil Marcus’s acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob Dylan and the Band inwhich introduced a phrase that has ols part of the culture: Again Marcus entertains without marshaling the requisite evidence.

Partly because they are least comprehensible and partly because I don’t really trust or believe him here. It’s certainly more out there than other, similar books by Marcus see: The Story of Lily Allen.


Since it was written, more songs and a deluxe set have came out; the appendix where Marcus writes of each and every Basement Tape song olx lacking over an hour’s worth of material. Henry Holt and Company. With Marcus, when he’s in stride, he reads like poetry.

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You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Yes, it does cover many of the songs Dylan and The Band recorded during the Summer ofbut the book really focuses on Harry Smith’s If you want to learn more about “The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes” as the cover of the edition says, do not buy this book. As native sons and daughters they were a community.

A maginfiecet exploration of the subconscious underneath of the summer of love and music. This book is pretty cool.

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Lists with This Book. This book for now goes back on the shelf, to be pulled down again for reference when needed or when it calls out my name again. Feb 10, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. But that is why we read him, isn’t it? I think he forgot that there’s a reason he’s not Bob Dylan. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Most of them were unfamiliar to me — I knew they were out there somewhere, but I had never heard them though I searched for them determinedly — and others I had heard countless times before those that had been officially-released here and there over the years.

In Columbia released a 2LP set titled simply The Basement Tapes, which included on it 16 basement recordings, plus 8 demos by the Band. Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Some days I eat the Greil, some days the Marcus eats me.

Beginning with the release of Great White Wonder inthe record that is often credited as the beginning of the bootleg industry in music, the basement tapes soon were being sold on the streets.


There was a Showtime documentary! To learn to hear things we wouldn’t hear otherwise, right? Yes, there are sirens and lotus-eaters to be found here, and also swindlers, murderers, preachers, performers, reformers, jilted lovers, poets and a whole array of social misfits.

Open Preview See a Problem? An eminently readable journey through folk memo ‘Invisible Republic’ from Greil Marcus, published inseems to come from some place further back in time.

But at others, the information and analysis is penetrating, especially when he writes about the “masks” donned by Americans. He lives in Oakland, California. By od this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This Will End in Tears. I have to give this four stars because of the profound influence it had on me the year or so after I read it.

And he does, to a point; he explores the insular weirdness of folk songs, with their murky murders and the character names that mutate from singer to singer — someone could probably has written a book about the evolution of Staggerlee — and a lot of it is interesting and I read this directly after I finished Electric Eden: Skip the book and get the album of the basement tapes by Dylan and the Band. Early in his career, he only recorded twelve sides. Best read with the Basement tapes blasting out at max volume.

As Tennessee Williams once said, “you got to use that kind of language about a thing, it’s ninety proof bull, and I ain’t buying none of it. Or perhaps this book documents a timeless art form baptised in the subconscious waters of oblivion. And they were once gathered in a single place: