Greil Marcus talks about The Shape of Things to Come at the Commonwealth Club of California.
If you want to see the future of America, says cultural critic Marcus, you're better off looking at performers and artists than politicians. By drawing unexpected links between people, places and art, Marcus looks at America's creation, asks whether there is such a thing as an American voice and explores the stories that capture the essence of the national experiment.
Greil Marcus is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic. He is notable for producing scholarly and literary essays that place rock music in a much broader framework of culture and politics than is customary in pop music journalism.
Marcus was born in San Francisco. He earned an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also did graduate work in political science. He has been a rock critic and columnist for Rolling Stone (where he was the first reviews editor, at $30 a week) and other publications, including Creem, the Village Voice and Artforum.
Marcus is the author of Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces and Invisible Republic, among many other books.