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The World of Bob Dylan


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Introduction Sean Latham; I. Creative Life: 1. A Chronology of Bob Dylan's Life Kevin Dettmar and Sean Latham; 2. The Biographies Andrew Muir; 3. Songwriting Sean Latham 4. The Singles: A Playlist for Framing Dylan's Recording Art Keith Negus; II. Musical Contexts: 5. Folk Music Ronald D. Cohen; 6. The Blues: 'Kill Everybody Ever Done Me Wrong' Greil Marcus; 7. Gospel Music Gayle Wald; 8. Country Music: Dylan, Cash, and the Projection of Authenticity Leigh H. Edwards; 9. Rock Music Ira Wells; 10. Roots Music: Born in a Basement Kim Ruehl; 11. The Great American Songbook: 'Better Duck Down the [Tin Pan] Alley Way, Lookin' for a New Friend' Larry Starr; III. Cultural Contexts: 12. American Literature Florence Dore; 13. World Literature Anne-Marie Mai; 14. The Beats Steven Belletto; 15. Theatre Damian A. Carpenter; 16. Visual Arts: Goya's Kiss Raphael Falco; 17. Borrowing Kevin Dettmar; 18. Judaism: Saturnine Melancholy and Dylan's Jewish Gnosis Elliot R. Wolfson; 19. Christianity: An Exegesis of Modern Times Andrew McCarron; IV. Political Contexts: 20. The Civil Rights Movement Will Kaufman; 21. The Counterculture Michael J. Kramer; 22. Gender and Sexuality: Bob Dylan's Body Ann Powers; 23. Justice Lisa O'Neill-Sanders; V. Reception and Legacy: 24. The Bob Dylan Brand Devon Powers; 25. The Nobel Prize: The Dramaturgy of Consecration James F. English; 26. Stardom and Fandom David R. Shumway; 27. The Bob Dylan Archive (R) Mark Davidson.

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This book features 27 integrated essays that offer access to the art, life, and legacy of one of the world's most influential artists.

About the Author

Sean Latham is the Pauline McFarlin Walter Professor of English at the University of Tulsa where he serves as director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies.


'(The World of Bob Dylan) offers a comprehensive overview of Bobdom - musical influences from sea shanties and highland ballads to blues and gospel, his interest in Brecht and the Beat poets, the politics of the civil rights movement and the counterculture, and more.' Neil Spencer, The Observer
'An illuminating read for both the fanatic and the more casual fan.' Ben Phillipson, Shindig!
'Latham's symposium covers huge ground ... (and) many of the contributions sing.' Danny Eccleston, Mojo
'Crammed with insights into Dylan's world ... fans will already have it on order.' Tony Burke, Record Collector
'A book filled with scholarly scruple and imaginative audacity. A true Dylanfest.' Declan Kiberd, Irish Times
'The World Of Bob Dylan kicks off an archival deep dive into the legacy and cultural importance of Dylan in thoroughly academic manner that remains enjoyable. This book pairs well with Dylan's expansive discography and will more than likely lead to a greater appreciation for the singer-songwriter.' Gerrod Harris, Spill Magazine

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