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Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Summary
Greil Marcus

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Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Summary

Plot Summary

In his book MYSTERY TRAIN: IMAGES OF AMERICA IN ROCK 'N' ROLL, Greil Marcus presents a profound statement about the beginnings of the genre of rock 'n' roll music. Marcus critiques not only the effect the music had on Americans, but also the effect that America and its condition at that time period had on the music that was being produced. Marcus begins his analysis with two little known singers who he believes to be the forerunners of rock 'n' roll music, then traces the development through Elvis, the "king" of rock 'n' roll.

This critique of rock 'n' roll music begins with singers Harmonica Frank and Robert Johnson. Marcus considered these singers to be the precursors to traditional rock 'n' roll music. Frank makes his mark on rock music with the idea of unbridled freedom that he portrays in his music and his lifestyle. Johnson, on the...

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