Ask Greil (2020)

Ask Greil (current/submit a question) Archives: 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019 12/28/20 I read your book Mystery Train many years ago and it has been largely responsible for me spending big chunks of my spare time over the last 25 years listening to and researching the Stagger Lee ballad and thinking/theorizing about its meaning. I’ve come […]

Ask Greil (2019)

Ask Greil (current/submit a question) Archives: 2016; 2017; 2018; 2020 12/20/19 Ok, impeachment. I came around to your thinking that it had to be done: that it was a moral imperative. But what now? He will be impeached; he will be acquitted. And the Republican Party will have firmly established that, as long as they […]

Ask Greil (2016)

Ask Greil (current/submit a question) Archives: 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020 12/29/16 Favourite recording(s)—LPs or songs—of 2016, and why? – Scott Woods Felice Brothers, “Aerosol Ball,” from Life in the Dark—because it doesn’t care how it comes out. Kaleo, “Way Down We Go“—because you can’t tell what it is. Rhianna, “Needed Me,” from Anti—because it can […]

Ask Greil (2018)

Ask Greil (current/submit a question) Archives: 2016; 2017; 2019; 2020 12/31/18 The fact that the Web exists at all is a beautiful, if imperfect, liberal ideal. People may waste time on it but people have saved thousands of hours using, for example, Wikipedia as a starting point for investigating any number of subjects. – Peter […]

Treasure Island

Singles listed in “Treasure Island,” the back-of-the-book discography from Stranded (Alfred A. Knopf, 1979), with links to YouTube streams [YT] and reviews or references [REV]. Note that this is not every single listed in “Treasure Island,” but rather, just the one-shots (and two-shots)—those performers, as noted by Marcus in his introduction to the discography, “with […]