Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan's Road from Minnesota to the World

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The young man from Hibbing released Highway 61 Revisited in 1965, and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? From his roots in Hibbing, to his rise as a cultural icon in New York, to his prominence on the worldwide stage, Colleen J. Sheehy and Thomas Swiss bring together the most eminent Dylan scholars at work today-as well as people from such far-reaching fields as labor history, African American studies, and Japanese studies-to assess Dylan's career, influences, and his global impact on music and culture....

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Overview

The young man from Hibbing released Highway 61 Revisited in 1965, and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? From his roots in Hibbing, to his rise as a cultural icon in New York, to his prominence on the worldwide stage, Colleen J. Sheehy and Thomas Swiss bring together the most eminent Dylan scholars at work today-as well as people from such far-reaching fields as labor history, African American studies, and Japanese studies-to assess Dylan's career, influences, and his global impact on music and culture. With a special focus on his Minnesota roots, including Greil Marcus's spectacular tour of Dylan's hometown, authors also take into account his most recent work and Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home. The first cultural and historical geography of his dramatic rise, storied career, and unmatched iconic status, Highway 61 Revisited maps the terrain of Bob Dylan's music in the world.

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This new collection of scholarly articles on Bob Dylan proves that there are new angles from which to approach his life, his artistic evolution, and his unmatched influence on music and culture. Dylan is inarguably one of the most dissected and discussed artists, musical or otherwise, of the last half-century, and these 20 distinctive, thoughtful, and erudite essays by, e.g., Greil Marcus and international academics from a variety of disciplines such as linguistics, music theory, and African American studies are all welcome additions. As Sheehy (director & CEO, Plains Art Museum) and Swiss (coeditor, New Media Poetics) explain, the articles here do not attempt to solve the myriad puzzles surrounding Dylan; rather, the book poses familiar questions in a fresh manner. Contributions about how Bobby Zimmerman from rural Minnesota became international cultural icon Bob Dylan, what influences his songwriting, and how his songs are having a global impact will be of strong interest to scholars and fans alike. —Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
Library Journal

This new collection of scholarly articles on Bob Dylan proves that there are new angles from which to approach his life, his artistic evolution, and his unmatched influence on music and culture. Dylan is inarguably one of the most dissected and discussed artists, musical or otherwise, of the last half-century, and these 20 distinctive, thoughtful, and erudite essays by, e.g., Greil Marcus and international academics from a variety of disciplines such as linguistics, music theory, and African American studies are all welcome additions. As Sheehy (director & CEO, Plains Art Museum) and Swiss (coeditor, New Media Poetics) explain, the articles here do not attempt to solve the myriad puzzles surrounding Dylan; rather, the book poses familiar questions in a fresh manner. Contributions about how Bobby Zimmerman from rural Minnesota became international cultural icon Bob Dylan, what influences his songwriting, and how his songs are having a global impact will be of strong interest to scholars and fans alike.
—Douglas King

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816661008
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2009
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 990,780
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen J. Sheehy is director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota. Her books include Cabinet of Curiosities: Mark Dion and the University as Installation (Minnesota, 2006).

Thomas Swiss is professor of culture and teaching at the University of Minnesota. His books include New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories and Rough Cut, a volume of poems.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Colleen J. Sheehy John Barner Thomas Swiss xi

Part I Highway 61, From North to South

1 Hibbing High School and "the Mystery of Democracy" Greil Marcus 3

2 Jewish Homes on the Range, 1890-1960 Marilyn J. Chiat 15

3 Not from Nowhere: Identity and Aspiration in Bob Dylan's Hometown Susan Clayton 25

4 "A Lamp Is Burning in All Our Dark": Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash Court Carney 39

5 Allowed to Be Free: Bob Dylan and the Civil Rights Movement Charles Hughes 44

Part II Planet Waves

6 Lives of Allegory: Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol Thomas Crow 63

7 Like the Night: Reception and Reaction Dylan UK 1966 C. P. Lee 78

8 Oh, the Streets of Rome: Dylan in Italy Alessandro Carrera 84

9 Bob Dylan's Reception in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s Mikiko Tachi 106

10 Borderless Troubadour: Bob Dylan's Influence on International Protest during the Cold War Heather Stur 122

Part III The Ancients, Whom All Moderns Prize

11 Bob Dylan's Lives of the Poets: Theme Time Radio Hour as Buried Autobiography Mick Cochrane 133

12 Bob Dylan's Memory Palace Robert Polito 140

13 Among Schoolchildren: Dylan's Forty Years in the Classroom Kevin J. H. Dettmar 154

Part IV In a Voice Without Restraint

14 Women Do Dylan: The Aesthetics and Politics of Dylan Covers Daphne Brooks Gayle Wald 169

15 Crow Jane Approximately: Bob Dylan's Black Masque Aldon Lynn Nielsen 186

16 Not Dark Yet: How Bob Dylan Got His Groove Back David Yaffe 197

17 "Nettie Moore": Minstrelsy and the Cultural Economy of Race in Bob Dylan's Late Albums Robert Reginio 213

18 "Somewhere down in the United States": The Art of Bob Dylan's Ventriloquism MichaelCherlin Sumanth Gopinath 225

19 Dylan/Disabled: Tolling for the Deaf and Blind Alex Lubet 237

20 Bob Dylan and the Beats: Magpie Poetics, an Investigation and Memoir Anne Waldman 249

Acknowledgments 261

Contributors 263

Index 267

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