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  • Title: The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years
  • Author: Greil Marcus
  • ISBN: 9781586489458
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover

  • A fan from the moment the Doors first album took over KMPX, the revolutionary FM rock roll station in San Francisco, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Fill Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967 Five years later it was all over Forty years after the singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, one could drive froA fan from the moment the Doors first album took over KMPX, the revolutionary FM rock roll station in San Francisco, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Fill Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967 Five years later it was all over Forty years after the singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, one could drive from here to there, changing from one FM pop station to another, and be all but guaranteed to hear two, three, four Doors songs in an hour every hour Whatever the demands in the music, they remained unsatisfied, in the largest sense unfinished, and absolutely alive There have been many books on the Doors This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison and the era he was made to personify, and focus solely on the music It is a story untold all these years later, it is a new story.
    Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus is the author of Mystery Train 1975 , Lipstick Traces 1989 , The Shape of Things to Come 2006 , When that Rough God Goes Riding and Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus both 2010 , and other books With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America 2009 In recent years he has taught at Berkeley, Princeton, Minnesota, NYU, and the New School in New York He lives in Oakland, California.


    Commentaires:

    Tosh
    Reading Greil Marcus is always a pleasure. And its the reason why I am reading this particular book, because I really don't have a passion for the Doors or their imagery. But on the other hand they are a band that's important to my personal culture. Being raised in Los Angeles, I saw the Doors at the Whiskey, opening for Them with Van (the other) Morrison. It may have been the first show in a club, not sure. My mind I was around 12, but I think i was actually 14. Nevertheless I went there with m [...]

    David Rullo
    Perhaps the worst Doors book I have read (and I've read many!)I became suspicious when the author stated that he liked the Doors movie that was done several years ago. When even the members of the band have disowned the movie, citing inaccuries, etc. what can be the motivation for the author to write about it positively? Almost every essay, and I would say each of these chapters are more essay than chapter, talks negatively of the songs in some way--either they don't go anywhere, the band is bar [...]

    Fred
    This is a wide ranging analysis/appreciation/explication of the five year era when the Doors were acting out their psychodrama on the national stage. The actual music of the band serves mostly as a springboard for Professor Marcus's wide ranging, almost dizzying exploration of the zeitgeist of the era when the word "zeitgeist" gained currency. I listened to the audiobook version on a car trip of just the right length, and the experience kind of reminded me of "My Dinner with Andre" - listening t [...]

    Jim Cherry
    With a cover of Joel Brodsky’s Elektra publicity photo of The Doors dressed in unexpectedly warm colors of the sun, Greil Marcus’ “The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years” is an unexpected look at selected songs of The Doors and pop culture.Marcus’ book is a fans’ book, he says that it started at the Avalon Ballroom with his wife and seeing The Doors and on their way out, took a handbill of the show and after a lifetime they still have them. Marcus, best known for music [...]

    Eduardo Moraes
    The Unhappy Endings Of The Sixties – Or The Doors according to Greil Marcus (By Awestruck Wanderer)“In 1968 dread was the currency. It was what kept you up all night, and not just the night Bobby Kennedy was shot… Dread was why every day could feel like a trap. (…) The feeling that the country was coming apart – that, for what looked and felt like a casually genocidal war in Vietnam, the country had commited crimes so great they could not be paid, that the country deserved to live out [...]

    Bert
    A good validation of much of what The Doors stood for. Like their music much of this is grasping for something just out of reach, something elusive. I liked the digressions - Thomas Pynchon, Elvis, Wild In The StreetsI especially liked the piece on Wallace Berman and Pop-art. I didn't agree with his dismissal of so much of their music - sometimes all this Morrison-bashing just makes me want to crank up Shaman's Blues - but I think that has something to do with context, whether you were there at [...]

    robert
    This book is shocking. Why? Greil Marcus likes The Doors! Not everything of course. He dismisses Waiting for the Sun (except for My Wild Love, the early demo version of Hello I Love You, and the live Denmark performance of The Unknown Soldier), The Soft Parade, and Morrison Hotel (except for Roadhouse Blues, the jazz version of Queen of the Highway, and the live versions of non-album tracks Gloria and Mystery Train). However he believes in The Doors, believes in their struggle to break on throug [...]

    Michael
    It's Marcus. You're not going to get a technical analysis of any weight. Equally, you're not going to get a theoretical analysis of any weight: okay, so Walter Benjamin gets a mention - he doesn't get taken out the box, but you get to see the name. You're not going to see the afterlife, the inheritance of the Doors - you're not going to see how they appear - still - remarkably modern. So what you mostly get, to return to, almost to, the Doors, is a sort of Dennis Hopper performance from Apocalyp [...]

    John Matthews
    My (once) favorite band has many of its songs laid out on the dissection table. The result is meant to honor the band but does so in a very obtuse way. Obviously everyone understands music in their own way. I certainly do not understand The Doors in Mr. Marcus's way. There is hardly a clear line of prose in this book. I would almost get a glimmer of meaning and then, whoosh! off on another indecipherable tangent.

    Joe Lunday
    Mystery Train and Ranters and Crowd Pleasers remain classics, but this more recent work is too often Marcus in self-parodic mode. Listening to rehearsals and outtakes from official bootlegs, he hears Morrison "finding a voice" and the sixties renderied in metaphor moment-to-moment. Marcus plus the Doors (a group often underrated by critics of Marcus's rank) is a promising combo - perhaps a fresh take on material that is usually taken as sophomoric - but the results are mixed at best.

    David Macpherson
    It feels like he didn't want to write about the Doors, but about Thomas Pynchon, British collage artists, Charles Manson, ZZ Top and a bunch of other things. Not much about the doors. It was a rambling discourse that you would get stuck next to a guy who had too much and he has a lot to say. SOme of what he has to say is fascinating, but most felt like the hypothetical drink talking.

    Alan
    I thought I was buying a book about the Doors. I got a book about nothing. Greil Marcus may be erudite but this book is a boor, dense, unreadable, nonsense. Pop art, modern architecture, ZZ Top, Charles Manson, indecipherable nothingness. I want my life back. Help! I'm finished with this book not finished.

    Greg Latanick
    Break on Through.

    John
    One star is being very generous. Unorganized jargon about The Doors and Oliver Stone. Made it through 40 pages before I gave in. Save yourself some time and stay clear.

    Tim Niland
    This is an odd book, with Marcus giving an indirect biographical sketch of the band framed with many tangents into the history and culture of the late 1960's. Marcus writes well, but long stretches of looking into the art, cinema, and philosophy of the period leaves the whole narrative standing uneasily, and lacking in foundation. He looks at the effect the band would have after its break up, but in trying to link the music to classic philosophy and literature, he then juxtaposes the idea of pop [...]

    Malcolm
    I kept reading assuming this book would go somewhere. It is the most overblown description of music I’ve seen. When it is referencing the original songs to movies such as Oliver Stone’s The Doors and to Eddie and The Cruisers, there’s very little to be gained here other than filling some time for nearly 200 pages. Surely the Salman Rushdie cover quote that ‘Nobody reads a song like Greil Marcus’ wasn’t intended as a good thing?

    ennui waves
    i read this book for all the wrong reasons. i was strictly in it for the laughs. it's terrible, i know, but an analysis of the doors and their music promised so much deliciousness it was hard to resist. and sure, i did laugh at the probing of rock lyrics, the live performances, and the gushing over oliver stone's film, but i must admit i was kinda won over by greil's sincerity and intelligence.

    James Biser
    This is a great biography of the Doors!Greil Marcus is an excellent voice to tell the story of this band because he is a fan that followed the band from gig to gig and lived a life similar to the lifestyle Jim Morrison and the Doors promoted. It is my opinion that Morrison is a fine poet that drew the picture of what his imagined, drug-fueled utopia would be. Marcus obviously lived in that world and his voice is the voice of a fellow poet that lived in the same hippy heaven.Read this book!

    Jeff
    The Doors were a band built around the portentous vocals -- "morbid romantic excess" (Eve Babitz, whose enthusiasm was by then all for The Buffalo Springfield) -- of performance artist Jim Morrison, whose performances, while available on YouTube, seem not to have been staged for the screen. You had to have been there, and that's where this interesting book comes in, a sort of comeback for Marcus, whose recent music books have ranged from horrid (a commission-job on the modernism of Highway 61 Re [...]

    Paul
    The Doors performed the absolute greatest rock song ever, Light My Fire, yet produced only a few other really good hit songs. Nonetheless, the fame of Light My Fire and the story of lead singer Jim Morrison have made The Doors one of the most listened to rock groups of all time. Even today, any good rock music station continues to play their music on a daily basis.This book uses The Doors' music as a backdrop to describing the entire rock music scene during the late 60's and 70's. Of course, it [...]

    Dave Comerford
    This is the first thing I have read by the professor emeritus of criticism of pop culture, Greil Marcus. I was mostly motivated to read this out of curiosity - what does scholarly criticism of pop culture look like? The answer, in the case of this book, is meandering, capricious and sprinkled with enough oh-I-didn't-know that-he-sang-on-that titbits to keep me reading. I had two other motivations for reading this book, and I find both shameful and immature. The first is that I feel a tingle of r [...]

    Dschinn Golem
    Greil Marcus – The Doors. KIWI 2013 Es fühlt sich beim Lesen beinahe so an als würde man selbst mit auf der Bühne stehen, wenn Marcus nacherzählt, wie einer der wichtigsten Musikbands aller Zeiten ihre Aufführung vor Publikums inszeniert. Detaillierte Beschreibungen, einzelne Gesten und kleinste Mängel in der Choreografie zeugen von intensiver Recherche und machen diese Biografie zu einem Musikroman. Von den Anfängen in kleinen Kneipen, über die Auftritte im legendären Whiskey-A-Go-Go [...]

    Paul
    Easily Marcus's worst book, and I've read them all. In fact, I've been an unabashed Greil Marcus fanboy since I first read him back in 1980 (yikes). But this is justd.Heretofore I've been willing and at times even eager to go along with his convolution of sentence structure as furthering (at its best) a nearly onomatopoeic sense of the music under discussion and its emotional contours and effects. He riffs, and like most musicians, he has his favorite and signature stylistic themes & tics. A [...]

    Ru
    Not quite a biography, but also, not _not_ a biography. This book basically looks at various iconic Doors songs, stylistically. It analyzes lyrics and how the band, particularly Morrison, performed them at the time, at various shows, some more well-known than others. Greil Marcus is great at describing his take on the music of The Doors, and also how it affected him personally, so, in that context, this is an original take on writing a pseudo-rock biography.The book largely worked, for me, in th [...]

    Sherri
    Ostensibly about what Marcus, legendary rock critic, thought while listening to certain Doors songs it is more than that. I've never read Greil Marcus before and I suppose this is his style, to drift from observations and then to attempt to tie them together to his original idea. It's not stream-of-consciousness, more of a meandering. I tried to listen to the same songs as I read the chapters about each, even though I was listening to a different version than what he wrote about. Some of the son [...]

    Terence
    This book is quite a trip, as befits a book about The Doors. It's basically a collection of essays,each one focused on one Doors song. Marcus recounts his subjective experience of listening to the song in its various manifestations -- studio recording, concert bootleg, or personal recollection of a concert he attended. The song often serves as little more than a jumping off point. For instance, the chapter about "Twentieth Century Fox" barely references the song as it evolves into a discussion o [...]

    Keith
    In the late 1960s Griel Marcus was one of that new breed of journalist, the rock critic. In this book he writes of his initial love of the Doors, their hypnotic and unique musical sound and the show that was Jim Morrison. He loved them and watched them spiral into bad music , bad vibes and bad publicity. He thinks about them still. I read this because as a teenager I shared a love of the Doors (PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, July 13, 1968) and I too watched the train wreck as it exploded into what now [...]

    Steve Redhead
    Greil Marcus just keeps going! A lifetime of peerless rock criticism, in catalogues, magazines, newspapers, journals and books. His latest volume is on The Doors, a series of critical essays on 'a Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years' as the subtitle has it. Those years are 1966 to 1971, long enough to create the Myth, the Man (Jim Morrison) and the Legend surrounding The Doors, an influence ever since on bands and singers on every continent. The book brings the band's recorded and live (the [...]

    Ad
    Enjoyed the critical essays on L.A. Woman, Roadhouse Blues and Twentieth Century Fox the most. The Comparisions in the essays of the songs or the Doors in general to other modern and pop culture is well done. Greil Marcus helped bring the doors music alive again and has given me a need to re-examine the music. He is good at explaining the musical dynamics of what each member was contributing to particular songs and how their audience was responding to them. There is a real human correlation to w [...]

    Rosebud
    The interesting thing about this book was that the author discussed the Doors by talking about different songs and albums individually. It reminded me that the 60s were not as they've been "remembered" by the media and pop culture. Our memory has been altered to focus on the free love, feel good, love everybody side of the 60s. The current focus on the 60s tends to forget the most meaningful parts of that time period: the conflicts over the Vietnam War, civil rights, women's rights, voting right [...]

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