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Greil Marcus 

Greil Marcus began his career as an editor of Rolling Stone magazine and has since gone on to write articles and reviews on music, books, politics, and other subjects for several leading publications including the New York Times, Artforum, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice.  He is currently a contributing columnist to Artforum and online magazine Salon.com.  He has authored and edited numerous books on the subject of popular music and American culture, most notably: Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock íní Roll Music (1976) and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1989). More Recent books include, Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes; Dead Elvis, a 1991 collection of writings about Presley; 1993's Ranters and Crowd Pleasers, an examination of post-punk political pop; and In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992 (1999). Mr. Marcus is one of the most highly regarded writers on contemporary music and has demonstrated a keen awareness of the range of possibility that contemporary music encompasses

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