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Dylan Redeemed: From "Highway 61" to "Saved" Hardcover – 15 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (15 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826427553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826427557
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,932,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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'Dylan Redeemed' is one of a handful of books which tackle Bob Dylan's conversion to Christianity in 1979/1980. I'll begin by admitting that as a lifetime admirer of Dylan's work I have an aversion towards most of his commentators and critics. We don't need the musings of a newly graduated Literary or Cultural Studies student to pour out his twisted interpretations of Dylan's lyrics - and here we don't get it. Instead we get a sane well argued thesis that takes us back to Dylan's earliest works and traces the singer's preoccupatios with The Bible and salvation from, at least, his post accident days and probably back further, from the beginning of his career. Webbs writes lively and engaging prose and is an astute commentator on Dylan within a wide social and religious context. My only argument with the book is the interpretation of 'Time Out Of Mind' which is, like so many of its type, purely subjective and too often obvious.

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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HASH(0xa8384c90) out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant 7 Sept. 2007
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this is a great, great book. every dylan fan should read it, especially people interested in the born-again bob. webb displays an uncanny understanding of dylan's true essence as a seeker and prophet. i have read many dylan books and this was one of the very best. it was easy to read and very spiritually heartening. the in-depth and well-researched analysis of bob's true message will astound you. anyone who has struggled with the gospel bob will be enlightened. in 1979 i immediately opened my heart to bob's spirituality because i needed to hear good news and in my heart i knew that bob understood important things and had a line on truth. bob helped me find a faith that continually strengthens me.if you love bob you will love this book. god bless you stephen. a million thanx. i can't wait to read your other books.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2bb4600) out of 5 stars from Continuum 11 Feb. 2008
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Bob Dylan has had a profound influence on the shape of modern pop music (folk, rock, blues) and as a modern literary figure. He has also attracted enormous attention from both professional and amateur "interpreters." In this book, the author offers a thorough study of Dylan's reading of scriptures. He explores the ways in which Dylan transforms biblical images and concepts when he incorporates them into his literary world; it is an attempt to listen to the echoes of scripture in his published works. The author closely reads Dylan's poems and songs and provides commentaries on several themes found in Dylan's work: the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus; apocalypse, justice and judgment; oppressive religion, and religious irony. Through these readings, the author calls attention to the various ways Dylan uses scripture both in an explicit and an implicit manner.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2973630) out of 5 stars The Phrase-Turner 5 May 2013
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I am a theologian, and a competent writer, so it is a pleasure to tip my hat to my better, Dr. Webb of Wabash College. He is one of the leading writerly theologians of his generation, having been born in 1961. I really enjoyed his book on a trinitarian theology of excess, The Gifting God, and have used it in my own work.

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!!
HASH(0xa2915dd4) out of 5 stars Who knew?! A National Treasure, is Mr ... 29 Aug. 2014
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Who knew?! A National Treasure, is Mr. Dylan.
13 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2bb0150) out of 5 stars Bob's Music and RELIGION 31 Dec. 2007
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Note the other reviewer as well as the AUTHOR of this book are both BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS.
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, 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 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.
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