Formative Dylan

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The Formative Dylan examines the musical roots of 70 songs from Dylan's early career, namely from his first three Columbia LPs, officially released outtakes from those sessions, and his Broadside session recordings released by Folkways. Each of these songs is presented in a short article that details melodic and lyric roots and describes contemporaneous performances to show the process by which Dylan learned or composed his formative repertoire. Three appendixes help the reader to understand this repertoire not ...
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Overview

The Formative Dylan examines the musical roots of 70 songs from Dylan's early career, namely from his first three Columbia LPs, officially released outtakes from those sessions, and his Broadside session recordings released by Folkways. Each of these songs is presented in a short article that details melodic and lyric roots and describes contemporaneous performances to show the process by which Dylan learned or composed his formative repertoire. Three appendixes help the reader to understand this repertoire not only in the continuum of American music but as a reflection of Dylan's own compositional development. The term "formative" conveys that at that early point in his career Dylan had not yet fully emerged as a composer. During his formative period, almost every song had a clear melodic or lyric predecessor. His influences and his own creativity had not quite meshed into an individual style. His repertoire ranged from traditional Appalachian songs to blues to topical-protest songs, representing the interaction between the traditional and popular streams of American music. Written during a ten-month Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, this book's primary resources were the Smithsonian's Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.
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Editorial Reviews

The Bridge
Much has been written about Bob Dylan's early years and the folk revival movement, but this is the first time an attempt has been made to examine from a musicologist's point of view Dylan's compositional development during that seminal period...Harvey's book is truly excellent, and it is pleasant to read, too...Any reader interested in American traditional music and in Dylan's early years will find much to glean here...
Uncut
A must for any bookshelf purporting to represent the standard works on Dylan. Anyone wishing to engage with the flow of initial micro-periods in Dylan's development will find this book an invaluable companion.
Isis
...a book written with affection, knowledge and attention to detail, as well as an appreciation of the wider context….The Formative Dylan informs, engages, stimulates and expands understanding and appreciation. no. 102 (2002)
Choice
...Harvey does an excellent job finding relevant influences and analyzing the music...
CHOICE
...Harvey does an excellent job finding relevant influences and analyzing the music...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810841154
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: American Folk Music and Musicians Series , #7
  • Edition number: 240
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,263,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Harvey is currently a Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Previously, he was a Professorial Lecturer at American University in the Department of Performing Arts.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 FOREWORD Part 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Part 3 PREFACE Part 4 INTRODUCTION Part 5 SONGS AND THEIR SOURCES Chapter 6 1. Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Chapter 7 2. Baby, I'm in the Mood for You Chapter 8 3. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down Chapter 9 4. The Ballad of Donald White Chapter 10 5. Ballad of Hollis Brown Chapter 11 6. Blowin' in the Wind Chapter 12 7. Bob Dylan's Blues Chapter 13 8. Bob Dylan's Dream Chapter 14 9. Boots of Spanish Leather Chapter 15 10. Corrina, Corrina Chapter 16 11. The Death of Emmett Till Chapter 17 12. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Chapter 18 13. Down the Highway Chapter 19 14. Dreadful Day Chapter 20 15. Eternal Circle Chapter 21 16. Fixin' to Die Chapter 22 17. Freight Train Blues Chapter 23 18. Girl from the North Country Chapter 24 19. Gospel Plow Chapter 25 20. Hard Times in New York Town Chapter 26 21. He Was a Friend of Mine Chapter 27 22. Highway 51 Chapter 28 23. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance Chapter 29 24. House Carpenter Chapter 30 25. House of the Risin' Sun Chapter 31 26. I Shall Be Free Chapter 32 27. In My Time of Dyin' Chapter 33 28. John Brown Chapter 34 29. Kingsport Town Chapter 35 30. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie Chapter 36 31. Lay Down Your Weary Tune Chapter 37 32. Let Me Die in My Footsteps Chapter 38 33. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll Chapter 39 34. Man of Constant Sorrow Chapter 40 35. Man on the Street Chapter 41 36. Masters of War Chapter 42 37. Mixed-Up Confusion Chapter 43 38. Moonshiner Chapter 44 39. No More Auction Block Chapter 45 40. North Country Blues Chapter 46 41. One Too Many Mornings Chapter 47 42. Only a Hobo Chapter 48 43. Only a Pawn in Their Game Chapter 49 44. Oxford Town Chapter 50 45. Paths of Victory Chapter 51 46. Percy's Song Chapter 52 47. Pretty Peggy-O Chapter 53 48. Quit Your Low Down Ways Chapter 54 49. Rambling, Gambling Willie Chapter 55 50. Restless Farewell Chapter 56 51. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Chapter 57 52. Seven Curses Chapter 58 53. Song to Woody Chapter 59 54. Suze (The Cough Song) Chapter 60 Overview: The Talkin' Blues Chapter 61 55. Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues Chapter 62 56. Talkin' Devel Chapter 63 57. Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues Chapter 64 58. Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues Chapter 65 59. Talkin' New York Chapter 66 60. Talking World War III Blues Chapter 67 61. The Times They Are A-Changin' Chapter 68 62. Tomorrow Is a Long Time Chapter 69 63. Train A-Travelin' Chapter 70 64. Walkin' Down the Line Chapter 71 65. Walls of Red Wing Chapter 72 66. When the Ship Comes In Chapter 73 67. Who Killed Davey Moore? Chapter 74 68. With God on Our Side Chapter 75 69. Worried Blues Chapter 76 70. You're No Good Part 77 APPENDIXES Chapter 78 I: Set and Session Lists Chapter 79 II: Master Style List of Studied Material Chapter 80 III: Chronological List of Studied Songs Part 81 WRITTEN REFERENCES Part 82 RECORDED REFERENCES Part 83 INDEX Part 84 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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