Greil Marcus

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Billy Bragg: “There’s something in our common pop culture about songs about the railroad, in which the railroad becomes a metaphor for aspiration, for heartbreak, for death.” Photograph: Wendy Lynch Redfern/Redferns

In March 2016, Billy Bragg began to get a sense of the America that would put Donald Trump in the White House. He and the singer, songwriter and produ(...)

Bob Dylan: worthy of the Noble laureate

The gloomy English poet Philip Larkin hated most things about the modern world – even Miles Davis – so the fact that he was even half-tolerant of Bob (...)

Surrendering to the yarragh: Van Morrison at Orangefield High, his old school in Belfast, in August 2014. Photograph: Exile Productions

Van Morrison’s music as I hear it holds a story – a story made of fragments. There is in his music, from the very first, a kind of quest: for the m(...)

Rave on Van Morrison!

The playwright Stewart Parker once said that in assimilating various influences, his fellow Belfastman Van Morrison had “come up with something dis(...)

‘I wanna do something they can’t possibly like, they can’t relate to. To me, it was a joke,’ said Bob Dylan of his 1970 album Self Portrait

‘I am still unable to see in him anything other than a youth of mediocre talent. Only a completely non-critical audience, nourished on the watery pap (...)

In a damning indictment, Greil Marcus once famously wrote: “Rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Rod Stewart; rarely has anyo(...)