In which readers ask Greil Marcus questions and he answers them.To submit your own question, email [email protected], and use the subject line, “Ask Greil.” (Alternatively, you can use the submission form at the bottom of this page.) , which includes a dream sequence similar to the one that turned up in “Point Blank” and the indelible lines “I can remember how good I felt inside/ When the preacher said ‘Son, you may kiss the bride'” (which was used as the title of a bootleg)?It took me a good while to hear the greatness in “Heroin” and “White Light, White Heat.” I didn’t cotton to them, really, until they turned into a rock ‘n’ roll band, as anyone might understand the term, with a big guy, and he’s his own bodyguard. I suppose I’m less drawn back to it than any other Lynch movie (other than , which has only one indelible scene, in the bar near the end) because it isn’t American, doesn’t use the American ethos mythos mind body as its terrain—doesn’t fill the country up with all of the unlikely characters in all the other pictures.I once saw him pick up a jerk who was ruining everyone’s time at a restaurant off the Bowery and throw him out of the place. My second favorite Lou Reed recording, though sometimes it’s first, is “Like a Possum,” which is 18 minutes long and too short. 11/05/17 Have you written on/Do you have any thoughts on Aussie group, The Go-Betweens?Just a few examples: — “I’ll drag ‘em all down to hell and I’ll stand ‘em at the wall, I’ll sell ‘em to their enemies” (“Workingman’s Blues #2”) — “I’m preaching the word of God, I’m putting out your eyes” (“High Water”) — “Yes, I’m leaving in the morning just as soon as the dark clouds lift, gonna break the roof in—set fire to the place as a parting gift” (“Summer Days”) — “My enemy crashed into the dust, got pinned down. I acknowledge that this kind of thing is not new with Bob.From “Idiot Wind”: — “You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies/One day you’ll be in the ditch, flies buzzin’ around your eyes/Blood on your saddle…” But that line seems alive and honest and it still moves me.The soundtrack choices are almost unerringly cliché, from The Animals to Procol Harum to Simon and Garfunkel, to “Gimme Shelter.” You could feel each one of them coming around the corner, and I thought scenes were sometimes stretched just to accommodate another verse or chorus.
– Glenn Burris interview: Q: “What did you think of Dylan’s version of ‘Norwegian Wood’? I remember he played it to me when he was in London. As thought-provoking as the series is, I was disappointed at the way the music of the period was selected and used.After a while, I felt I was being hustled, and could imagine a voiceover reminding me I could receive the 2-CD soundtrack “at the 0 membership level.” To be fair, that soundtrack does include some unusual choices, like Otis Redding’s version of “Tell The Truth.” But those were either crowded out in the series or I can’t recall hearing them at all.Would this story have suffered for lack of rock and roll music?Notice, too, the PBS site describes a sidebar project that hands some of the songs to people like Gary Clark Jr.and The Lumineers, though they are not included in the documentary.