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Double Trouble: Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a Land of No Alternatives par [Marcus, Greil]
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From the critic who knows music and culture like no other, a fascinating look at two outsiders who epitomize America's fractured self-image

In June of 1992, when all polls showed Bill Clinton didn't have a chance, he took his saxophone onto the Arsenio Hall Show, put on dark glasses, and blew "Heartbreak Hotel." Greil Marcus, one of America's most imaginative and insightful critics, was the first to name this as the moment that turned Clinton's campaign around--and to make sense of why.
In Double Trouble, drawing on pieces he published from 1992 to 2000, Marcus explores the remarkable and illuminating kinship between Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley. In a cultural landscape where ideals and choices are increasingly compromised and commodified, the constantly mutating representations of Clinton and Elvis embody the American struggle over purity and corruption, fear and desire. Focusing as well on Hillary Clinton, Nirvana, Sinéad O'Connor, Andy Warhol, Roger Clinton, and especially Bob Dylan, Marcus pursues the question of how culture is made and how, through culture, people remake themselves. The result is a unique and essential book about the final decade of the twentieth century.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Editeur : Henry Holt and Co.; Édition : 1 (22 septembre 2001)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009AEM1KE
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 bringing up the average 27 septembre 2000
Par pogo - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book should probably rate somewhere around 3 or 4 stars. It isn't Marcus's best--that would be MYSTERY TRAIN or LIPSTICK TRACES--but anything by this fine critic is a whole lot better than the average nonfiction tripe out there (e.g., another cash cow "case" against one or both of the Clintons).
Granted, the connection between Elvis and BC is no stronger than the connection between, well, me and Mahatma Gandhi, but if you hold a magnifiying glass up close enough to a watermelon and squint your eyes, you can see an image of the Virgin Mary. And a number of pieces collected under this misleading title are not concerned, even in a Marcusian "world in a leaf of grass" way, with either Elvis or Clinton.
Having said this, no one understands the relationship between rock and American culture, past and present, better than Marcus. He is always wise, trenchant, and--though sometimes overly mystifying--strongly moral. As I read Marcus I always think, "This guy's on my side; he's saying what I would like to say if I could think of the right words." This applies to a lesser Marcus work (like this one) as well as the major ones (and he's about due for one sometime soon).
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Connecting the dots in 20th century pop culture 16 octobre 2001
Par Jeni P - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Although his subject matter (from the promised Clinton/Elvis thing to Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, Whitewater and more) is diverse and entertaining, Marcus takes an academic tone that sometimes failed to draw me in.
Still, he's well versed in politics and pop culture, and able to draw thought-provoking connections between seemingly disparate topics. Marcus is master of the insightful bizarre trivia detail - like the fact that Clinton-accuser Paula Jones' husband played the ghost of Elvis in the 1989 movie "Mystery Train". Like music, sometimes it feels forced, and sometimes it all comes together.
As someone who remembers Cobain much more clearly than Elvis, I found the book was a great crash course in some of the themes that influenced both today's rock stars and politicians.
As rock/pop culture criticism, it actually makes an interesting companion piece for the Lester Bangs anthology I just finished reading ("Psychotic Reactions & Carburator Dung" - interestingly enough, it was edited by Marcus, Bangs' former Creem cohort). Except that Bangs puts a lot more passion into his rants, while Marcus seems determined to stand back and make observations. Ultimately, that tone left me standing on the sidelines as well.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Clinton As Elvis? I Don't Think So. 9 juin 2001
Par Art Turner - Publié sur
Format: Relié
In Double Trouble: Bill Clinton And Elvis Presley In A Land Of No Alternatives, Greil Marcus examines a metaphor suggested by, among others, filmmaker Oliver Stone and New York Times columnist Frank Rich: Bill Clinton as Elvis Presley. Woven in & out of this central thread are the stories of other Americans living in the spotlight during the Clinton years: among them, Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, Allen Ginsberg, and Hillary Clinton. It's an interesting idea, and certainly (on the face of it, at least) no less tenable a springboard for a book than the theses that any of Marcus' other books are based on. There's only one small problem: it doesn't wash.
The quality of Marcus' writing isn't an issue here: stylistically, I'd put him up against anyone working today, and his erudition remains astonishing (reading him, I frequently find myself asking: "Is there a book this guy HASN'T read? A piece of music he HASN'T heard?"). Nor is it the individual chapters: many of them are great - opening up vistas in music, films, and politics you hadn't imagined were there.
No, the difficulty lies in Marcus' conclusion: simply put, I find the notion that Clinton approached Elvis Presley as a force for cultural liberation absurd. Clinton is obviously a very intelligent man and was an extraordinarily charismatic leader, but at the end of the day, he was just another politican. Elvis Presley broke - exploded - American culture in half. I don't think Clinton, as either president or cultural leader, can make a claim half so big.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Does That Mean Hillary is Priscilla? 16 janvier 2016
Par Captain K - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Marcus's obsession with Elvis and his surrounding subculture ran out of gas with "Dead Elvis." This book's title implies Marcus managed to wring out a third volume comparing Slick WIllie to Tha Kang. Not sure that could be done, and in any event Marcus didn't really try. Rather, this is a compendium of essays, magazine pieces, and other writings of quite variable quality and interest. Marcus remains one of the more compelling figures in popular music journalism, such that I have tried diligently (and thus far failed) to read though virtually his entire oeuvre. I have my suspicions you are not as obsessive as I. The author's "Mystery Train" is deep enough even for people with an above-average appetite for serious criticism. Stop reading this trash and order it.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Sadly, Enough's Enough 9 septembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is the ultimate Greil Marcus parody, by the master himself. Ideas like a solemn correlation between an Elvis Presley postage stamp and Clinton's election are announced without even a smirk. Coming next: KNOCKED OUT LOADED: FINDING EVIDENCE OF ELVIS AND DYLAN IN EVERYTHING AFTER FALLING DOWN AND HITTING MY HEAD.
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