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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.; Revised edition edition (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583226869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583226865
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Marqusee was born in New York City in 1953, emigrated to Britain in 1971 and has now lived in London for more than 35 years.

Among his books are the prize-winning 'Anyone But England: an outsider looks at English cricket' (first published in 1994, revised and expanded 2005), 'War Minus the Shooting: a Journey through South Asia during cricket's World Cup'(1996), 'Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties' (1999), 'Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s' (first published 2003, revised and expanded 2005), 'If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew' (2008) and 'Saved by a Wandering Mind: Poems' (2009).

In addition to his writing, Mike has been active for several decades in numerous campaigns for social justice. In the early 80s he was a youth worker and trade union activist. For twenty years he was an active member of the Labour Party and editor of Labour Briefing. In 1995, he helped set up Hit Racism for Six, the campaign against racism in cricket. After leaving the Labour party in 2000, he helped establish both the Stop the War Coalition and Iraq Occupation Focus. On February 15, 2003, he was a speaker at the the half million strong anti-war demonstration in New York City. He is currently a member of the NUJ and lives in Hackney with his partner Liz Davies.

As well as his books, Mike has published articles on a wide variety of topics in (among others): The Guardian, The Independent, the Daily Telegraph, The Observer, London Review of Books, Index on Censorship, BBC History Magazine, New Left Review, Red Pepper (in UK), The Nation, Colorlines (in USA), The Hindu, India Today, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Frontline, Outlook (in India).

Mike has also published longer articles and essays in a number of book-length collections and anthologies, including: 'Nothing Sacred: the New Cricket Culture' (Two Heads, 1996), 'Race, Sport and British Society'(Routledge, 2001), 'The New Ball' (Mainstream, 2000-2002), 'Beyond September 11th: An Anthology of Dissent' (Pluto, 2002), 'Following On: Post-Colonial Cricket' (Routledge, 2005), 'Selling US Wars' (Olive Branch Press, 2007) and 'A Time To Speak Out' (Verso, 2008). A chapter of his work is anthologised in 'The Picador Book of Cricket' (2005), and there is a lengthy interview with Mike in 'Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World' (2003). An essay on US sport in a global context has been reproduced in a widely used Prentice Hall textbook / reader entitled 'Common Culture' (6th Edition) edited by Michael Petracca.

Mike currently writes 'Level Playing Field', a column on politics and culture for The Hindu Sunday magazine, one of India's largest circulation English language publications, and 'Contending for the Living' for Red Pepper.

In 2004, he wrote and presented an hour-long BBC Radio documentary on the history of Pacifica, America's alternative radio network.

In 2005, Mike Marqusee was named an Honorary Faculty Fellow by the University of Brighton in recognition of his "contribution to the development of a critically-based form of journalistic scholarship in the social, cultural and political nature of contemporary global sport."

Mike's articles on a wide variety of topics can be found at:
www.mikemarqusee.com


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"Buy this now." -- Rolling Stone

A brilliant history... anaylses Dylan's finger-pointing songs with clinical precision... -- Uncut

A fascinating and detailed analysis… his narrative [has] freshness, vigour and purpose. -- Times Literary Supplement

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Jun 2007
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There are numerous books out there about Dylan. Biographies, critiques and attempts at song analysis. What happened when Dylan became a born again Christian, Dylan in relation to his Jewish culture, Bob Dylan and philosophy. And, to be honest, I've read an awful lot of them. I'm not sure any of them were worthwhile. Entertaining to be sure, informative to an extent but did they nail our elusive hero? Not really, as frustratingly ambiguous as the man himself.

But, as they say, the exception proves the rule and here in Mike Marqusee's The Wicked Messenger is that exception. Please be warned this is a serious book which those of you without a background in American Studies and Cultural Theory may find testing but I do recommend that you stay with it. The author presents, ultimately, a clear understanding of Dylan's work in a cultural and political context, something that, in my opinion has eluded previous writers whose bafflement expresses itself as incoherence.

One of the very few books I've finished reading and immediately turned back to the beginning to read again. Engrossing, inspiring The Wicked Messenger is written by an excellent author whose insights spread far wider than any other commentator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Richardson on 7 Mar 2014
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I was a teenager when he was - he helped to bring me up. He was far ahead of me.
I grew up different because he was there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2008
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This is pretty much what is says on the cover-an attempt to place Dylan's 60s work in the political context of the times.Its especially good at explaining the civil rights struggle and the subsequent fragmentation of protest. It is well written and I don't think too academic for its intended audience. There are attempts at interpretation of the more obscure lyrics-always a dangerous game with Dylan- and as Dylan has progressively less to say as the 60s wear on so the author's assertions become more tenuous-e.g.I'm not sure clothes line saga from the basement tapes deserves the analysis it gets. However overall the author resists the temptation to over indluge in guessing what Dylan means and provides one of the better offerings on the man's work. (N.B. Marquese also makes interesting contributions on the DVD-The Folk Years-see separate review.)
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "garthfrankland" on 19 Dec 2005
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This is an exciting insight into the political orgins of Dylan's music.
It set the music the context of the liberating 60's and helps with understanding why the often obscure lyrics still move us today.
Buy it.
Garth Frankland
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec 2005
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This is an interesting book and weaves Dylan nicely into the the political context of the 1960s. It is an updated version of the author's previous book, so beware most of the material is the same.
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