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4.0 out of 5 stars Book on the right track(s), 16 Dec. 2008
This review is from: WICKED MESSENGER : Bob Dylan and the 1960s Chimes of Freedom (Paperback)
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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