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Seemingly random choices by the writer have a beautifully inevitable and comprehensive quality that references nature's infinite organizing power. Rollins' unhurried, reverential performance is spot on, and I always felt I was in good hands on this journey. Marcus made me want to write my own history. Thanks to both the reader and the author for the love you poured into this project.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The title isn't accurate. This isn't really a "history of rock". It's more of an impressionistic word painting of rock. The writer is trying really hard to be unique and interesting in both the selections and the way they're described. If that's what you're expecting, cool. For me, I couldn't finish it. Read the description, decide whether that's what you're into, and then go from there.
Would you be willing to try another book from Greil Marcus? Why or why not?
Probably not...I'm interested in the subject, but not THIS interested.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Rollins is good for the subject matter and this writing, but not overall. He. Speaks. Too. Slowly.
Was The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs worth the listening time?
Not for me. For someone who was really into the subject and a conaisseur of the genre, sure. I simply found it obscure and pretentious.
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