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Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960's

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Bob Dylan’s abrupt abandonment of overtly political songwriting in the mid-1960s caused an uproar among critics and fans. In Wicked Messenger, acclaimed cultural-political commentator Mike Marqusee advances the new thesis that Dylan did not drop politics from his songs but changed the manner of his critique to address the changing political and cultural climate and, more importantly, his own evolving aesthetic.
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Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s; Chimes of Freedom, revised and expanded

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Overview

Bob Dylan’s abrupt abandonment of overtly political songwriting in the mid-1960s caused an uproar among critics and fans. In Wicked Messenger, acclaimed cultural-political commentator Mike Marqusee advances the new thesis that Dylan did not drop politics from his songs but changed the manner of his critique to address the changing political and cultural climate and, more importantly, his own evolving aesthetic.
Wicked Messenger is also a riveting political history of the United States in the 1960s. Tracing the development of the decade’s political and cultural dissent movements, Marqusee shows how their twists and turns were anticipated in the poetic aesthetic—anarchic, unaccountable, contradictory, punk— of Dylan's mid-sixties albums, as well as in his recent artistic ventures in Chronicles, Vol. I and Masked and Anonymous.
Dylan’s anguished, self-obsessed, prickly artistic evolution, Marqusee asserts, was a deeply creative response to a deeply disturbing situation. "He can no longer tell the story straight," Marqusee concludes, "because any story told straight is a false one."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583226865
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

MIKE MARQUSEE is the author of a number of groundbreaking books on politics and popular culture, including Anyone But England, War Minus the Shooting, and Redemption Song. Born and raised in the United States, he has lived in London since the 1970s.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
1 The Whole Wide World Is Watchin' 7
2 Not Much Is Really Sacred 93
3 Little Boy Lost 139
4 The Hour Is Getting Late 215
5 Corruptible Seed 299
Notes 337
Select Bibliography 345
Select Web Site Listing 348
Select Discography 349
Index 351
Also by Mike Marqusee 366
About the Author 367
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