Re: Marcus --> How Rock Changed Between 1956 and 1964

Fri May 08, 2009 7:35 am

brian wrote:I think that's basically Greil Marcus point that music sucked from the late 50's until the mid 60's
when the Beatles saved us all.

No, that's not his point.

Re: Marcus --> How Rock Changed Between 1956 and 1964

Fri May 08, 2009 7:40 am

norrie wrote:Err ,well it has a saxophone on it.That was quite sophisticated.Sort off.

More than two years before Elvis Is Back ! was taped, the King Creole sessions offered even more:

January 15-16, 1958
Trumpet :
Teddy Buckner

Clarinet :
Mahlon Clark

Tenor Saxophone :
Justin Gordon

Tuba & Bass :
Ray Siegel

Trombone :
Elmer Schneider


January 23, 1958
Trumpet :
Teddy Buckner

Clarinet :
Mahlon Clark

Tenor Saxophone :
Justin Gordon

Tuba & Bass :
Ray Siegel

Trombone :
Warren Smith

Re: Marcus --> How Rock Changed Between 1956 and 1964

Fri May 08, 2009 8:31 am

Maybe it's just me but I always thought in a way that Greil Marcus was something of a music snob.

Giving the Beatles credit for this and that and making Rock music, cool, dangerous and rebellious again
Being the first rock stars to not dumb down their intelligence etc.

Re: Marcus --> How Rock Changed Between 1956 and 1964

Fri May 08, 2009 8:49 am

brian wrote:Maybe it's just me but I always thought in a way that Greil Marcus was something of a music snob.

It's just you.

Greil Marcus is almost single-handedly responsible for rescuing Elvis from the junk heap of any serious discussion of rock and roll and popular music, with his stunning chapter on Presley's music and impact -- "Presliad."

It closes his seminal 1975 work:

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Mystery Train: Images of America In Rock 'n' Roll Music (5th Edition, 2008)

http://theband.hiof.no/books/mystery_train.html

I always wished Elvis had read a copy, but it's very unlikely that he did so.