‘Folk Music’ review roundup part 1


“By the time Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs is finished, the reader realizes that they know more about those songs than they probably did before and maybe more than they ever believed there was to know. More importantly, they realize they know more about the human experience than they did before.”
Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch


“It’s criticism—as dare, almost: how far can you go with one subject, how discursive can you be and stay on-topic, how granular? On occasion, Marcus ventures into the extra-auditory…”
Kate Micucci, UK Art Review


“He delights in flitting forwards and backwards in time, disrupting any sense of chronology and threatening to bury the music beneath the load of its antecedents. In this telling, every monitor comprises multitudes.”
Damini Sharma, News NCR


Also, listen to a sample of the audiobook version of Folk Music, as read by Ian Porter.


3 thoughts on “‘Folk Music’ review roundup part 1

  1. The experience of reading is physical, the emotions, wisdom, humor, history, with a tempo that is folk, as claimed, but pretty jazzy. It’s hard not to feel while reading, I don’t want to get too much in anyone’s face here, that this is Greil’s greatest book. I know that’s saying a real lot. But as a lifetime reader, I’ll say it. Transformative. Like the old days.

    • You express surprise that The Spectator (!) gave this book a rave review. I’ve read that review, as I read the Arts section in the Telegraph and the Guardian. Art is for everyone, whether it be opera or folk music, Shakespeare or Dylan; it isn’t highbrow, lowbrow, left wing or right wing. Art is just art.

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