Bob Dylan: The Never Ending Star / Edition 1

Bob Dylan: The Never Ending Star / Edition 1

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by Lee Marshall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745636411

ISBN-13: 9780745636412

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Wiley

Bob Dylan’s contribution to popular music is immeasurable. Venerated as rock’s one true genius, Dylan is considered responsible for introducing a new range of topics and new lyrical complexity into popular music. Without Bob Dylan, rock critic Dave Marsh once claimed, there would be no popular music as we understand it today.

As such an exalted figure

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Overview

Bob Dylan’s contribution to popular music is immeasurable. Venerated as rock’s one true genius, Dylan is considered responsible for introducing a new range of topics and new lyrical complexity into popular music. Without Bob Dylan, rock critic Dave Marsh once claimed, there would be no popular music as we understand it today.

As such an exalted figure, Dylan has been the subject of countless books and intricate scholarship considering various dimensions of both the man and his music. This book places new emphasis on Dylan as a rock star. Whatever else Dylan is, he is a star – iconic, charismatic, legendary, enigmatic. No one else in popular music has maintained such star status for so long a period of time.

Showing how theories of stardom can help us understand both Bob Dylan and the history of rock music, Lee Marshall provides new insight into how Dylan’s songs acquire meaning and affects his relationship with his fans, his critics and the recording industry. Marshall discusses Dylan’s emergence as a star in the folk revival (the “spokesman for a generation”) and the formative role that Dylan plays in creating a new type of music – rock – and a new type of star. Bringing the book right up to date, he also sheds new light on how Dylan’s later career has been shaped by his earlier star image and how Dylan repeatedly tried to throw off the limitations and responsibilities of his stardom.

The book concludes by considering the revival of Dylan over the past ten years and how Dylan’s stardom has developed in a way that contains, but is not overshadowed by, his achievements in the 1960s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745636412
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Polity celebrities Series
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     xi
The theoretical bit
Introduction     1
Stardom, Authorship and the Meaning of Songs     14
Dylan's sixties stardom
Snapshot: The man of the people     49
Folk Stardom: Star as Ordinary, Star as Special     52
Snapshot: The chameleon poet     85
Rock Stardom: Reconciling Culture and Commerce     88
Snapshot: The retiring father     115
Beyond Stardom: Rock History and Canonisation     118
Dylan's later stardom
Snapshot: The rock legend     149
Declining Stardom: Nostalgia and the 'Death of Rock'     152
Snapshot: The wandering minstrel     183
Redefining Stardom: The Never Ending Tour     186
Snapshot: The soul of previous times     229
Never Ending Stardom: Dylan after Time Out Of Mind     232
Notes     277
Bibliography     287
List of Interviews     295
Copyright Acknowledgements     299
Index     304

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