Bob Dylan in the attic : the artist as historian /

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University of Massachusetts Press,, Amherst, United States, p.1 online resource (xii, 161 pages). (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01071422, (OCoLC)fst01736409, bisacsh, fast, General., History & Criticism., History and criticism., Music, Music and history., Popular music, Popular music., Social Science


Includes bibliographical references and index.What do you mean you can't repeat the past? Dylan's Historical Universe -- "Conjuring up all these long dead souls" How Dylan "Does" History -- "Sing in me, oh muses" Dylan as Mythmaker -- "There's something happening here ... Mr. Jones" Interpreting Dylan Historically -- "The Blood of the Land in my voice" Dylan's Authorial Persona."Bob Dylan is an iconic American artist, whose music and performances have long reflected different musical genres and time periods. His songs tell tales of the Civil War, harken back to 1930s labor struggles, and address racial violence at the height of the civil rights movement, helping listeners to think about history, and history making, in new ways. While Dylan was warned by his early mentor, Dave Van Ronk, that, "You're just going to be a history book writer if you do those things. An anachronism," the musician has continued to traffic in history and engage with a range of source material-ancient and modern-over the course of his career. In this beautifully crafted book, Freddy Cristóbal Domínguez makes a provocative case for Dylan as a historian, offering a deep consideration of the musician's historical influences and practices. Utilizing interviews, speeches, and the close analysis of lyrics and live performances, Bob Dylan in the Attic is the first book to consider Dylan's work from the point of view of historiography"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 20, 2023).