Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960's

Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960's

by Mike Marqusee
     
 

ISBN-10: 1583226869

ISBN-13: 9781583226865

Pub. Date: 10/15/2005

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

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

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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.
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)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
1The Whole Wide World Is Watchin'7
2Not Much Is Really Sacred93
3Little Boy Lost139
4The Hour Is Getting Late215
5Corruptible Seed299
Notes337
Select Bibliography345
Select Web Site Listing348
Select Discography349
Index351
Also by Mike Marqusee366
About the Author367

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