Pick three songs from the Band, Sly and the Family Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis. Try to have the songs revolve around similar themes. Make a mix tape of these songs. Then write a short paper about how these songs share a theme and why songs by such different artists may have such similar thematic content.
Greil Marcus' writing has a very personal tone that is simultaneously jovial and critical. An editorial in a newspaper or magazine has a similar tone. Write an editorial critiquing Mystery Train.
Map of the Worried Man's Journey
Listen to Big Pink or find the lyrics to the songs on Big Pink. Make a map that shows where the worried man travels and what obstacles he faces.
Marcus uses anecdotes throughout Mystery Train to personalize the rock 'n' rollers but also to show what kind of people they...
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