This book offers a distinctive reading of Bob Dylan, by bringing together six authors whose expertise spans the intellectual worlds of literary criticism, popular culture and political philosophy. It demonstrates the immense possibilities of locating Dylan provocatively in different, but related discourses. The authors, as well as having a thorough grasp and enthusiasm for Dylan’s work, bring their disciplinary expertise to bear on his lyrics and life in order to reveal and project new and enticing interpretations. The chapters imaginatively invoke some iconic contemporary aesthetic theories in an accessible way to illustrate how Dylan’s imaginative artistry reveals compelling perspectives on the political condition. Collectively, the authors cover the whole of Dylan’s career, as well as focusing on certain definitive moments in his turbulent and controversial life.
KeywordsPolitical World Hall Concert Popular Song Aesthetic Theory Folk Music
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