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Listening to Van Morrison (English Edition) par [Marcus, Greil]
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Revue de presse

'A grateful and passionate celebration of what it means to hear his music ... a compelling appreciation of one of history's most remarkable, undefinable musicians.' --Guardian

'Marcus's approach yields fresh insight into one of pop's most complex personas.' San Francisco Chronicle
'Beautifully written.' Portland Oregonian
'[Marcus is] literate, brainy and fearless in making cross-genre comparisons.' Portland Mercury
'One of the most interesting rock scribes of the past quarter-century.' --Washington City Paper

'No critical testimonial is more welcome than this assessment of Morrison's work by one of America's most astute cultural critics.... Marcus is informed and insightful. Particularly illuminating are his observations on the tensions between Morrison's roles as singer and songwriter, and on Morrison's ongoing 'quest for the yarragh' --Booklist

'This is a journey worth taking, an exploration of the Irishness central to the most perplexing individual who ever came off that island with suitcase and guitar in hand ... You will search for a long time before you read a more enthralling and original interpretation of 'Madame George', Morrison's grand lament on Astral Weeks. Over 16 pages he dissects this incredible song with the care of a lover and skill of a surgeon.' -- Kevin Mitchell, Observer

'Writing about the songs of Van Morrison is rightly seen as something of a paradox. Perhaps that's because, for all his scholarly use of multiple musical styles and his references to Yeats and Joyce, the Belfast Cowboy's work is more sensual than it is intellectual. Which makes the renowned rock critic Greil Marcus, who's written definitively on Elvis and Bob Dylan, the right man to plumb that work. Combining an incantatory prose style with careful reporting and inventive, sometimes infuriating judgments, Marcus manages to illuminate Morrison's cerebral soul music - even if, as the singer once claimed, 'the process is beyond words' ... Still, that's what the most thoughtful music critics make you do: argue like crazy about their choices and ideas. And it's what Marcus does here - reminding us, even as he antagonizes us, why we listen to Morrison in the first place.' --New York Times

'There's a fascinating 20-page essay on Astral Weeks, an album much written about but rarely as perceptively or as thoughtfully as here ... [This book] is clearly the product of many, many years of listening and thinking and of a deep love of the music. It's also wondrously bold and ambitious.' --Marcus Berkman, Spectator

Présentation de l'éditeur

'Van Morrison,' says Greil Marcus, 'remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of modern popular music.' When Astral Weeks was released in 1968, it was largely ignored. When it was re-released as a live album in 2009 it reached the top of the Billboard charts, a first for any Van Morrison recording. The wild swings in the music, mirroring the swings in Morrison's success and in people's appreciation (or lack of it) of his music, make Van Morrison one of the most perplexing and mysterious figures in popular modern music, and a perfect subject for the wise and insightful scrutiny of Greil Marcus, one of America's most dedicated cultural critics.

This book is Marcus's quest to understand Van Morrison's particular genius through the extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force to this day. In these dislocations Marcus finds the singer on his own artistic quest precisely to reach some extreme musical threshold, the moments that are not enclosed by the will or the intention of the performer but which somehow emerge at the limits of the musician and his song.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 210 pages
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber; Édition : Main (17 juin 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003U9V9GC
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Deep Listening 1 avril 2010
Par Jerome Langguth - Publié sur
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This is a strange, but ultimately very rewarding, extended meditation on listening to Van Morrison. My take on the book is that Marcus is not at all interested in writing a standard critical overview of Morrison's career, and it is mercifully not the "New Biography" treatment Van so rightly fears and detests. This book ignores chronology and completely upends the standard critical take on the Van Morrison discography (Marcus dismisses as completely worthless a full fifteen of the albums he considers). Instead, it is a book about a rarely glimpsed, alternate, and far more complex and forbidding, Van Morrison that may well be a creature of Marcus's own imagining. This Van Morrison is on a quest for moments of musical transcendence of a very specific sort; a kind of transcendence that is least likely to occur when Morrison is actually singing about transcendence in a more obvious way (hence the worthlessness of most of the 80s and 90s albums). For Marcus, the albums Astral Weeks, St. Dominic's Preview, The Healing Game, Into the Music, and Veedon Fleece, along with some scattered gems from Morrison's band Them, are most successful at delivering what the Van Morrison he hears (or would like to hear) can accomplish at his best. Though the judgments Marcus makes often seem highly idiosyncratic, it is nevertheless abundantly clear that he is writing from a lifetime of deep engagement with Morrison's music. That is what, on my view, makes this book well worth reading. The overall result of reading the book for me was to return to the music. And I have to admit that Marcus is definitely on to something in his refusal to follow the usual critical narrative on Morrison. The albums and songs highlighted here do seem to have a depth and resonance alongside which Morrison's more pedestrian output seems to pale in comparison.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing .... 2 décembre 2010
Par Richard Morgan - Publié sur
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Having enjoyed Marcus's writings on Dylan - and being a long standing Van fan - I found this book to be thin, lacking in inspiration and not worth the cover price. There is a good central idea - about that mystical sound that Van gets in his throat - and some useful pointers to rare recordings and Van covers. But there's very little depth. And, having followed, thrilled to and treasured many of Van's albums after "Into the Music", and up to "Days Like This" at least, I'm aestheticly offended on Van's behalf that more than a decade's worth of often beautiful music is dismissed as of no interest.

In the end, perhaps, there's no substitute for listening to the Man himself. As for Mr Marcus, I strongly recommend "The Old Weird America" and his writings on Dylan instead.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 21 mars 2016
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For the Van fan... a new (to me) way to hear his music.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 One person's imagination 8 novembre 2010
Par Steve Dossey - Publié sur
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If you like someone trying to articulate what a certain artist or musician does to their imagination then you might enjoy the flights of fantasy in this book. It was mildly interesting reading.. But to say the album "The Healing Game" was some great piece of work is woefully off the mark. And I agree with the other reviews that some of Van's better late career work is totally ignored or dismissed. Like many later Dylan releases, there are always a few nuggets hidden in poorly conceived albums....
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Glad I bought it used 5 août 2011
Par MT57 - Publié sur
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I am a huge fan of Van. I think he is the only person I have ever heard who truly could sing the names in a phonebook and make it worth listening.

The author is a huge fan as well.

Unfortunately, there isn't much in the book of any value to anyone beyond the author. The other reviews - from 1 to 5 stars - are all accurate. It's a question of taste how much you want to read his free-associating impressions about listening to about twenty of Van's songs -- when the author does not evidence much knowledge of music itself (I don't recall a single note, chord or other muscial concept being identified in here). If that is your cup of tea, buy the book. But that's all there is.

Btw, if you like anything from 1980's Common One through 1995's Days Like This (the latter of which I quite like), you're ignorant, from his perspective. They're not even worth discussing. Shovelware.

I was glad I bought this used.
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