ISBN-10:
0275982459
ISBN-13:
9780275982454
Pub. Date:
08/30/2005
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Writing Dylan: The Songs of a Lonesome Traveler

Writing Dylan: The Songs of a Lonesome Traveler

by Larry David Smith

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275982454
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2005
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 10.32(h) x 1.64(d)

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).

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Bob Zimmerman Story

The Folk Posturing Period

The Newport Mod Era

The Americana Period

The Crystallization Period

The Moral Period

The Pop Icon Period

The Jack Fate Era

Writing Dylan: The Songs of a Lonesome Traveler

References

Index

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