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The new anniversary edition, Song and Dance Man III, runs to over 900 pages and provides a comprehensive study of the work of an artist whose writing crosses traditional boundaries, including:
The fusion of the poetic power of folk balladry with electric music.
An astonishing use of blues lyric poetry (see Chapter Nine, "Even Post-Structuralists Oughta Have the Pre-War Blues").
A surprising use of nursery rhyme.
Prolific use of the King James Bible.
A blend of radical creativity and conservative tendencies that make for 40 years worth of multi-layered work which has been widely influential and which can bear the weight of critical scrutiny . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have the original book in this series, so I knew what to expect. Man alive! Can this guy dig deep (in an academic way, not a paparazzi way! Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2012 by baz123
the book is a serious academic work and attempts to elevate dylan's lyrics within the canon of english literature ... Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2010 by Anthony Hellyer
I don't necessarily agree with everything Michael Gray says about Dylan's songs, but this must be the finest single-volume study of Bob's work. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2007 by Jack Oliver
This book is about 650 pages too long and desperately needed an edit. Gray's passion for his subject is remarkable but what starts as engaging ends up too much like rantings off... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2006 by Arthur L
I was very much impressed by the 2nd edition of this book even though I felt Mr Gray was a little bombastic in some of his views. But I find this edition disappointing. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2005 by G. J. Mcintyre
This is a real joy...a fantastic collection of writings on Bob, o.k. only for dedicated fans maybe, but the article on Dylan and the Blues is terriffic reading, dare you miss this... Read morePublished on 19 May 2004 by K. L. Smith
First I should declare an interest: Mike Gray and I were friends at University and I have long known of his admiration of Bob Dylan. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2002 by Mr Walter Oppenheim
This is a very long, long book, but its quite good in places. The stuff about the blues concordance is very interesting; especially the suggestion that pre-war blues is postmodern... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2001
This book is poor! It is over indulgent and largly factless. The authur has great powers of interpretation but little else. Too long Too deep and way too short on actual fact. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2000