When That Rough God Goes Riding by Greil Marcus
Listening to Van Morrison

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This book is a quest to understand Van Morrison's particular genius through a close look at the most extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force to this day: sometimes entire songs, sometimes single words or even the guttural spaces between words that become musical events in themselves.

About Greil Marcus

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Greil Marcus is the author of Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, When that Rough God Goes Riding, The Shape of Things to Come, Mystery Train, Dead Elvis, In the Fascist Bathroom, Double Trouble, Like a Rolling Stone, and The Old Weird America; a twentieth anniversary edition of his book Lipstick Traces was published in 2009. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America, published last year by Harvard University Press. Since 2000 he has taught at Princeton, Berkeley, Minnesota, and the New School in New York; his column "Real Life Rock Top 10" appears regularly in The Believer. He has lectured at U Cal, Berkeley, The Whitney Museum of Art, and Princeton University. He lives in Berkeley.
Published April 5, 2011 by PublicAffairs. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The rock critic Greil Marcus plumbs the work of Van Morrison, who found inspiration in Yeats and Joyce.

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Oregon Live

(Morrison's song is "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights," not "Arlen.") Marcus dismisses 15 years of Morrison's output with the wave of his hand and has essays on the use of Morrison's music in the movies "Breakfast on Pluto" and "Georgia."

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Slugger O'Toole

But in his music the same sense of escape from ordinary limits – a reach for, or the achievement of, a kind of violent transcendence – can come from hesitations, repetitions of words or phrases, pauses, the way a musical change by another musician is turned by Morrison as a bandleader or seized o...

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