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Writing Dylan

Writing Dylan


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About the Book

Few in popular music have had as varied a career and as lasting an impact as Bob Dylan. His songs have entered the cultural consciousness in a way that some have called revolutionary. In this bold and comprehensive new study--the definitive guide to Dylan's work--author Larry David Smith explores the convergence of biography, artistic philosophy, and musical style in Bob Dylan's oeuvre. Making the case that Bob Dylan is actually a persona carefully crafted by its maker, the former Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota, Writing Dylan represents a new and authoritative contribution to the study of this key figure of the contemporary era. Having been granted unprecedented use of Dylan's own lyrics in his analysis, Smith interprets Dylan's narratives, characters, plots, and values, and reveals the artist's mission-oriented approach to art. Writing Dylan tackles each period of its subject's five-decade career, offering an inventive and unprecedented investigation of Dylan's artistic imperative, cultural significance, and songcraft. The result is perhaps the most important work to date on this mercurial figure, whose songs have established a fully realized portrait of his personal mysteries.

Few in popular music have had as varied a career and as lasting an impact as Bob Dylan, whose songs have entered the cultural consciousness in a way that some have called revolutionary. In this bold and comprehensive new study--the definitive guide to Dylan's work--author Larry David Smith explores the convergence of biography, artistic philosophy, and musical style in Bob Dylan's oeuvre. Making the case that Bob Dylan is actually a persona carefully crafted by its maker, the former Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota, Writing Dylan represents a new and authoritative contribution to the study of this key figure of the contemporary era.

Having been granted unprecedented use of Dylan's own lyrics in his analysis, Smith interprets Dylan's narratives, characters, plots, and values, and reveals the artist's mission-oriented approach to art. Writing Dylan tackles each period of its subject's five-decade career, offering an inventive and unprecedented investigation of Dylan's artistic imperative, cultural significance, and song craft. The result is perhaps the most important work to date on this mercurial figure, whose songs have established a fully realized portrait of his personal mysteries.


About the Author:

Larry David Smith is an independent writer and lecturer who specializes in narrative critiques of popular media. His work includes Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and the Torch Song Tradition (Praeger, 2004), Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and American Song (Praeger, 2002), and Pete Townshend: The Minstrel's Dilemma (Praeger, 1999).


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275982454
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Height: 263 mm
  • No of Pages: 512
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 1092 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275982459
  • Publisher Date: 30 Aug 2005
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 36 mm
  • Width: 185 mm


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