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WICKED MESSENGER : Bob Dylan and the 1960s Chimes of Freedom Paperback – 3 Nov 2005
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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
How Dylan responded to the political and social forces that shook 1960s America? Bob Dylan's abrupt abandonment of overtly political song-writing in the mid-1960s caused an uproar among critics and fans. Acclaimed cultural-political commentator Marqusee advances the new thesis that Dylan did not drop politics from his songs but changed the manner of his critique to address the changing political and cultural climate and, more importantly, his own evolving aesthetic.See all Product description
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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.
It set the music the context of the liberating 60's and helps with understanding why the often obscure lyrics still move us today.
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