When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison

When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison

by Greil Marcus


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586489526
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 314,988
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Greil Marcus is the author of Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, Writings 1968-2010 (PublicAffairs, 2010), The Shape of Things to Come, Like a Rolling Stone (PublicAffairs, 2005), The Old Weird America, and other books; a twentieth century 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 in 2009 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 lives in Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Northern Muse. Greek Theatre, Berkeley. 3 May 2009 ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 A Grimy Cinderella in a Purple Stage Suit

Mystic Eyes. 1965 15

Tupelo Honey. 1971 18

Baby Please Don't Go. 1965 23

John Brown's Body. 1975 27

Caravan. The Last Waltz. 1976 29

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. 1966 36

Part 2 I'm Going to My Grave With This Record

Astral Weeks. 1968 43

Almost Independence Day. 1972. Listen to the Lion. 1972. Caledonia Soul Music. 1970 63

Moonshine Whiskey. 1971 73

Just Like a Woman. 1971 74

The Last Laugh, on Mark Knopfler, Sailing to Philadelphia. 2000 80

Part 3 A Belief in the Blues as a Kind of Curse One Puts on Oneself

Common One. 1980 …Tell Me Something. 1996 85

Linden Arden Stole the Highlights. 1974 96

Breakfast on Pluto. 2005 100

The Healing Game. 1997 110

Part 4 There Was No False Face the Song Could Not Erase

Into the Music. 1979 125

Friday's Child. 1971 134

Madame George. 1968 140

Saint Dominic's Preview. 1996 157

Sweet Thing. 1968 163

Take Me Back. 1991. Jennifer Jason Leigh, 1995 166

Mystic Eyes. Greek Theatre, Berkeley. 2009 175

Behind the Ritual. 2008 178

Acknowledgments 185

Index 187

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