'Out Of The Dark Woods' - Dylan, Depression And Faithby Adam Timothy Bradford
Where is Bob Dylan faith-wise? Dr Bradford's book
Uncover the many sources of Bob Dylan's lyrical inspiration. Discover the hitherto unrecognised depressive episode behind the seven year lapse in his recording of original material. Learn the over-riding message of this longest-serving recording artist, and understand the spiritual language of his compositions.
Where is Bob Dylan faith-wise? Dr Bradford's book presents hundreds of pieces of evidence that bring this question completely up-to-date.
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This book does 2 things: Firstly the author (a medical doctor) looks at the reasons for the 7 year gap to 'Time out of Mind', the reasons in Dylan's personal life for the gap, and looks at the album's lyrics and title and arrives at a medical diagnosis - reactive depression. To my knowledge, no one has said this before. Secondly it looks at Dylan's lyrics from 'Infidels' on and pulls out all the sources for the lyrics (Bogart films etc), but especially the biblical ones. Most of these are new information, because serious biblical analysis mainly stopped after Dylan's so-called 'Christian phase'. The author (a bible scholar) shows (too many examples to mention) that the bible's influence continued. I guess we have seen that with the new stage version of 'Gonna Change my Way of Thinking'. This is new information too - one example that comes to mind is exactly who the 'Jokerman' is and why. Finally it is worth mentioning that the publisher (Templehouse) is following Dylan's example and giving all the proceeds to a homeless charity. Well worth reading for the medical stuff alone.