Dylan Redeemed: From "Highway 61" to "Saved" Hardcover – 15 Nov 2006
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'..a forceful, original analysis of Dylan's songbook. It could well change how you hear his great body of work...' --Dylan Daily Website
About the Author
Stephen H. Webb is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. He is the author of seven books, including The Divine Voice, Good Eating, On God and Dogs and The Gifting of God.
Top Customer Reviews
About the lines from 'Lovesick' "Did I hear someone tell a lie/Did I hear someone's distant cry . . ." the author comments, "The words are suggestive and rich. Dylan the songwriter is unsure of himself ". This was where the groan factor came in for me but it had taken over 160 pags and the following chapter 'redeemed' the book enough for me to give it four stars. This is not only a book about Dylan but the positions held by rock music and western Christianity and their functions in the twenty-first century and, as such I wholeheatedly recommend it with the sole reservation I have already mentioned.
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I have not read all of this present work, but so far I agree with most of the conclusions he has advanced.
For one thing, he is concerned to rescue Bob Dylan from the clutches of political liberalism, which is a very wise move. Bob Dylan was never comfortable with being called "the voice of a generation" or even a "protest singer."
In his own words, Dylan describes himself as a "musical expeditionary."
Dr. Webb understands that, and is helping us to see this period of Bob Dylan's prolific output in a more accurate light. Bravo, Dr. Webb!!
The Author is a professor of Theology.
They are seeing in Bob what THEY want to see.
I plodded through this book and it was all fluff,..no real facts.
John Lennon said that "Elvis died, the day he went into the army". (He was stationed in Germany, and his Rock 'n Roll era was all but over).
In a silmilar way, Bob's BEST music, (from the protest stuff in the 60's through to HARD Rain after the Rolling Thunder Review), was all made before his religious "conversion". He even stopped singing his old good stuff, he said the songs were sinful. His paster at the Vine church had to convince him that it was okay to sing the old songs. Can you imagine,...a genius of a musician going down so low that he had to be convinced to sing his early gems.
Bob was not religious throughout his life. Nor was he searching. When he picked the crucifix up off the stage floor, he was sick, tired, run down, on tour, cold and his music had hit a plateux. He was down and out big time.
Then he "Found" religion. Jesus "tapped" him on the shoulder.
Bob's wife (Caroline Dennis) said it was the hipocracy that he saw in the Christian Church that made him even more disillusioned than he was before embracing "religion".
Sure some of Bob's early songs mentioned Abraham and the Bible (John Wesley Harding) etc...but Dylan was not the SAINT the Christian crowd are trying to hold on to.
The Pope called Dylan a FALSE PROPHET.
No-one really knows what Bob thinks about this whole Christianity bit, NO-ONE really cares anymore. We just hope Bob's stays with us a long time yet. Who cares what god he does or doesn't pray to....it makes no difference. NO-ONE CARES.
It's the Music that counts,...focus on the music, not on whether Bob believes in some mythical person who may or may-not have lived TWO THOUSAND years ago.