Bob Dylan has throughout his sixty-year-long career achieved a unique position in popular culture, partly because he’s always been able to capture and convey certain features of his contemporaries. He’s been voted the best songwriter of all time, but first and foremost he is one of the leading lyricists in the world. Dylan is literary and his fans are people who read. This places very special demands for a book about Dylan.
In this book Erling Aadland has put up a monument of the songwriter, lyricist, and phenomenon that is Bob Dylan. Dylan and the Poem is a 600-page-long insightful and original essay, with observations and interpretations you can’t find anywhere else. But this book is also an encyclopedia. The book considers Dylan’s whole catalogue, every recorded album with its own material from 1962 to 2020 and analyses the most important songs from each album.
«A triumphant piece of writing!»
«A new standard work in the literary research on Dylan's lyrics.»
«A fantastic book»
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