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An excellent book,
This review is from: The Doors (Hardcover)I do not, as a rule, review my Amazon purchases, but I feel compelled to respond to the negative postings this one has accrued. I am unsure what the correspondents expect from a Greil Marcus book and may well have preferred a transcript of the asinine commentary ruining the 'People Are Strange' film/DVD. Marcus' credentials and methodology have been well-established over the years ('Mystery Train', 'Lipstick Traces', 'Invisible Republic') and here he paints a similar, broad canvas, taking the Doors' work and running with it, drawing in cultural references from art, literature, film and other music on the way. It's a wild ride, sometimes illuminating, at others tenuous, but it's never less than fascinating and always leads the reader back to the starting point. Thus the chapter headed 'Twentieth Century Fox' encompasses Pop Art (Eduardo Paolozzi, Jess), punk poster designer Shawn Kerri and Chuck Berry's 'No Money Down', while elsewhere the forensic examination of the evolution of 'Gloria' contains some of the best writing on music in recent years. Quibbles? In places the book reads as though Marcus has simply been handed the entire Doors catalogue and asked to comment, but that scarcely matters when observations are as worthwhile as this. You may not agree with all of his points, but books such as this exist to provoke thought and place the subject in a meaningful context. Those seeking yet another rock hagiography with sex and drugs thrown in should look elsewhere.
PS. Sorry Greil, but Oliver Stone's film still sucks.