Greil Marcus

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Ten rockers who found religion

    We all dream of finding fame and fortune in our chosen fields, but when people actually do get rich and famous, they often discover that money can't buy happiness, or love, or whatever it is the Beatles were singing about. What's the answer, then? God? Meditation? E-meter auditing? When musicians ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Playing cover songs is a sign of creative fatigue

    There's nothing wrong with cover songs. In fact, before Sam Cooke and the Beatles shifted the established paradigms, singer and songwriter were two entirely separate professions. And there's also nothing wrong with a musician recording a cover album in the twilight of their career (Johnny Cash's Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Lester Bangs died thirty years ago today

    See Also: • Studio 54 opened 35 years ago today • Randy Rhoads: Thirty years ago, a tragic accident took the life of a legendary guitarist • Sex Pistols sign with A&M outside Buckingham Palace 35 years ago • Today in History archives Lester Bangs mother was a Jehovah's Witness and his Fathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Punk rock politics, pop culture retromania and more new release picks for July 19, 2011

    ​With the dearth of new releases this week, it seems like the media industries think we should all get out of the house a little in the summer, or they don't like releasing anything new. What they don't know is that it's too damn hot outside, and nobody with any sense really wants to go out th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>

  • Film

    October 16, 2008
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    October 15, 2008
  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    A Pack of Mutts

    The Lone Wolves of 2005

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2005

    Buzzy Blues

    A blues enthusiast digs up the backstory on some red-hot mamas.

  • Music

    September 26, 2002

    This Year's Model

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs get swept up in the rock-is-back movement.

  • Music

    August 29, 2002

    The Lost King

    Seeking memories and meaning, Elvis fans flock to Memphis.

  • Music

    September 7, 2000


    Don't label Sixteen Horsepower; just listen to them.

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Bang! Bang! You're Alive

    Stumbling down memory lane with the late Lester Bangs.

  • Music

    October 15, 1998

    The Hype Report

    Sleater-Kinney is a critic's favorite that makes music you might actually enjoy.

  • Music

    August 20, 1998

    Native Intelligence

    Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.

  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    Not-So-Gentle Ben

    Teen sensation Ben Lee already knows how to act like a rock star.