When That Rough God Goes Riding
Listening to Van Morrison
By Greil Marcus
(PublicAffairs, Paperback, 9781586489526, 208pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
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This book is a quest to understand Van Morrison's particular genius through a close look at the most extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force to this day: sometimes entire songs, sometimes single words or even the guttural spaces between words that become musical events in themselves.
Greil Marcus is the author of Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, Writings 1968-2010 (PublicAffairs, 2010), The Shape of Things to Come, Like a Rolling Stone (PublicAffairs, 2005), The Old Weird America, and other books; a twentieth century anniversary edition of his book Lipstick Traces was published in 2009. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America, published in 2009 by Harvard University Press. Since 2000 he has taught at Princeton, Berkeley, Minnesota, and the New School in New York; his column "Real Life Rock Top 10" appears regularly in The Believer. He lives in Berkeley.