Blog / Greil Marcus Comes to Duke



By Andrew

Perhaps America’s most important music writer, Greil Marcus will be gracing Duke University this week with his presence in a week-long residency sponsored by Duke Performances.

Marcus is a prolific and storied music journalist and cultural critic, known for texts such as Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, The Old, Weird America: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes and The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy in the American Voice. Marcus’ work moves beyond criticism, journalism and history, excavating America through its cultural products to find the reality made by, through and for his objects of analysis.

Marcus will be making three public appearances between Feb. 16-18. He will host a listening session at The Pinhook and visit a class. The highlight of his visit is a Thursday night lecture at the Nasher Museum where, according to Duke Performances, he will discuss with the way American music exists in conversation with “a community of ghosts.”

Marcus’ talk coincides with the recently closed The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston on April 15) and The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965. Marcus can also be seen talking about Dario Robleto’s (featured in The Record) work in the exhibition Frye Museum’s 2008 exhibition The Old Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, titled after Marcus’ book.

See below for Marcus’ complete schedule. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 16
7:30 PM
Listening Session with Greil Marcus
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., 7:30p

Thursday, February 17
6 PM
Our Old, Weird America: A Talk by Greil Marcus
Nasher Museum of Art

Friday, February 18
Class visit with Greil Marcus
11:40 AM
To Get Up and Be Terrible Too: A History of Punk, 1970-2000
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Bldg., Duke’s East Campus

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