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Greil Marcus, Music Critic, Author, Humanities Studio Speaker

Greil Marcus, popular music writer and cultural historian. Photo by: Ida Lødemel Tvedt

The Humanities Studio at Pomona College, launching in September 2018, enriches the humanities experience of Pomona students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities through workshops, a fellowship program, and a speakers series organized around an annual theme. The theme for the Studio’s inaugural year is “Fail Better,” in honor of late Pomona College Professor of English Arden Reed.

Join us as we welcome Greil Marcus, popular music writer and cultural historian and the first guest in the Studio's Speaker Series. Marcus will speak on “How Failure Makes History,” and the talk will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

An editor and critic over the past five decades for Rolling Stone, Creem and the Village Voice, Marcus is the author of Mystery Train: Images of American in Rock ‘n’ Roll MusicLipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th centuryLike a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads; and nearly two dozen other books, including The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs and Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations.

Bruce Springsteen said that Mystery Train “gets as close to the heart and soul of America and American music as the best of rock ‘n’ roll”; about his work, the New Yorker wrote, “Greil Marcus developed an ability to discern an art movement, or an entire country, lurking inside a song.”

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The Humanities Studio
Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
  • 170 E. Sixth Street
General Public
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community