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The Wilderness Years, 2014–2021

Greil Marcus

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A funny, fierce, and uninhibited musical chronicle of the convulsive past six years from one of our finest cultural critics
"A one-of-a-kind guide to rock music’s resonance in every aspect of our lives.”—David Kirby, Wall Street Journal

“A smart set of suggestions for further reading, viewing, and listening by a most trustworthy guide.”—Kirkus Reviews
For the past thirty-five years, celebrated author Greil Marcus has applied his unmatched critical apparatus to everything from music, television, radio, and politics to overheard comments, advertisements, and happenstance street encounters—an eclectic collection of what he calls “everyday culture and found objects.”
This book collects hundreds of items from the crisscrossing spectrum of culture and politics throughout the tumultuous past six years of American life, an essential travel guide to the scorched landscape of recent history. Tracking the evolution of national identity during the Trump administration, Marcus spotlights the most whip-smart cultural artifacts to compose a mosaic portrait of American society, replete with unexpected heroes and villains, absurdity and its consequences, humor and despair, terror and defiance—as seen through media, music, and more.
Bursting with Marcus’s effortless, no-nonsense, unapologetic verve, this book features seventy-three columns from 2014 through February 2021.

Greil Marcus is the author of many books, from Mystery Train (1975) to Under the Red White and Blue (2020). He most recently taught “The Age of Noir” at Berkeley. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. He lives in Oakland.

“Mr. Marcus is a world-class cultural spelunker . . . More Real Life Rock [is] a one-of-a-kind guide to rock music’s resonance in every aspect of our lives.”—David Kirby, Wall Street Journal

“Rock fans love making and debating lists. They might find a counterpoint in a new book by Greil Marcus [More Real Life Rock]. [Marcus] has made a specialty of describing how music infuses what he calls ‘everyday culture and found objects’—and vice versa.”—Samuel Goldman, The Week

“Greil Marcus’ long-running column is one of the idiosyncratic marvels of contemporary journalism. . . his dispatches are essential reading.”—Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle

“A smart set of suggestions for further reading, viewing, and listening by a most trustworthy guide.”—Kirkus Reviews

“There’s always fun to be found in Marcus’s curmudgeonly musings and razor-sharp wit. Play this one on random and enjoy the ride”—Publishers Weekly

“For readers who follow Marcus and want all his columns in one place, this and the previous volume showcase his wit and his candor and his way with a cultural carving knife.”—Henry Carrigan, No Depression

 “For decades, Greil Marcus has attempted to define the whole of American culture as his life’s work. From hip-hop to opera, from outer space to political unrest, from black to white, from a thousand years ago until tomorrow. This collection of essays, critiques, questions, and revelations shows how far a brilliant, active, open and observant mind can go toward understanding an amalgamated culture that has never understood itself.”—Walter Mosley

“This new collection of Marcus’ long-running column continues his role as a great chronicler of the highways and byways of American culture. This book feels like reading the diary of a friend who had noticed things I’d missed and seen deeper into what I‘d noticed.”—Morgan Neville

“The world is moving so fast that some days it feels impossible to stop, listen and look. In ten years, fifty years, or tomorrow, Greil Marcus’s Real Life Rock Top 10 will be there for you, pointing the way to things you missed, but even better, opening doors to new ways of thinking about everything you thought you knew.”—Stephanie Zacharek

“Marcus’ enthusiasm is contagious; he doesn’t only share his knowledge, he wants you to go out and experience it firsthand. This record of short reviews and previews reads like a poetry volume and connects the dots between so many contemporary subjects.”—Christian Marclay

“Greil Marcus’s columns are always a delight – frisky, curious, and quotable. But taken together, they’re an indispensable field guide to American culture (popular and otherwise), seeking out art, beauty, and brilliance in the least likely of places.”—Jason Bailey

“Marcus brings an acute, intellectually dexterous, aesthetically and politically informed attention to the music in question. These essays are an astounding contribution to both music and cultural history.”—Thomas Lutz, Los Angeles Review of Books
ISBN: 9780300260984
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
344 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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