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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Wicked Messenger by Mike Marqusee. Bob Dylan and the s; Chimes of Freedom, revised and expanded 3. 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 s. I and Masked and Anonymous. Paperback , pages. Published October 4th by Seven Stories Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Wicked Messenger , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This is one of the best books i have read in a long while, and it is all the more a treat as i picked it up at random in a bargain book bin at Pages in Toronto is it true that store has gone under?!?? Dylan is one of my fave musicians, and i am already interested and know something and have my own opinions on the history of the u.
It was such a rich treat that more than a few times i'd pick it up to snatch a fe This is one of the best books i have read in a long while, and it is all the more a treat as i picked it up at random in a bargain book bin at Pages in Toronto is it true that store has gone under?!?? It was such a rich treat that more than a few times i'd pick it up to snatch a few pages before going to sleep, and would find myself still awake and engrossed hours later and groggy the next day. Marqusee places Dylan within the context of his day, showing how he was repeatedly just a few years ahead of his time like those protesty songs were mostly written when the movement was still small amongst white youth, by the time it peaked he was already writing his less didactic more symbolic stuff.
But better than that - esp. Seriously, if you're on the left and you know and like Dylan's music, this book is a major treat.
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Dec 04, Gabrielle rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the revised and updated version of the book "Chimes of Freedom". I am a huge Dylan fan, and I am fascinated with rock and roll and it's history, so I was pretty excited to find this book, and it totally delivered the goods. Taking what is arguably Dylan's most intensely creative period from to about , Marqusee places the songs in the historical context where they were written and performed, giving younger Dylan fans like me a very fresh take on the music.
He also goes into deta This is the revised and updated version of the book "Chimes of Freedom". He also goes into details about Dylan's sudden rise to fame and subsequent fall from grace with the more traditional folk musicians. Unlike other so-called Dylan experts who attempt to decode his lyrics and analyze the very mercurial singer, Marqusee shows a great respect for Dylan's boundaries, and while he very intelligently brings to light some of the songs' meaning, he refrains from over-doing it, leaving in some of the mystery just unresolved enough.
I finished this book very satisfied, and I now listen to some of my favorite tunes with a new ear, and it makes them even better. I recommend this book to any fan of Dylan, and mostly to those who want a closer look at an important time of cultural and social changes, and the effect it had on one of the greatest musician of the century. Nov 11, sdw rated it liked it Recommends it for: I picked up this book because a friend was reading it for class, and I was procrastinating. I did not give it a careful read. I read enough of it to know what I thought. The problem is that there is a cult around Bob Dylan that I have never been a part of.
I like his music. But I like most music, but I only know the lyrics to his most popular songs Mr. Tambourine Man, The times they are a changin', you get the idea I think in terms of books on Bob Dylan, this is among th I picked up this book because a friend was reading it for class, and I was procrastinating. I think in terms of books on Bob Dylan, this is among the best I have seen. This book tries instead to put Dylan in his cultural milieu. It tells the story of political transformation in the s, as much as it tells the story of Bob Dylan.
Apparently the narrative about Dylan is that he started out political, and then got less political as he got popular.
This book argues that he became disillusioned with traditional definitions of the political, and saw him self increasingly an outsider interested in his own artistic expression. I like how much the book said about the context that Dylan moved in. If you are ignorant about music like me, you still might like this book. This book is for anyone interested in Bob Dylan, folk music, or American history-- particular the history of the American Left. Marquesse examines the politcal nature of Dylan's work in the Sixties--eschewing the neat narrative that says Dylan turned his back on political commentary when he "went electric"--and shows not only how his music reflected the times but also how the times in many ways reflected his music!
Great close readings of the lyrics for the most part too, but Marquesse falters w This book is for anyone interested in Bob Dylan, folk music, or American history-- particular the history of the American Left. Great close readings of the lyrics for the most part too, but Marquesse falters with his readings of some of the love songs and the spiritual songs on John Wesley Harding. A lot of the books on Dylan tend to be kind of weak. Home All editions This edition , English, Book edition: Physical Description vii, p.
Published New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, c Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 2 of 3. Check copyright status Cite this Title Wicked messenger: Also Titled Chimes of freedom. Other Authors Marqusee, Mike. Edition 1st Seven Stories Press ed. Subjects Dylan, Bob, -- Criticism and interpretation. Protest songs -- United States -- History and criticism.
United States -- Social conditions -- Summary "Wicked Messenger is the revised and expanded edition of the critically-acclaimed Chimes of Freedom, and includes a new chapter on Dylan's memoir Chronicles, Vol. I and his film Masked and Anonymous. The whole wide world is watchin' 2. Not much is really sacred 3. Little boy lost 4. The hour is getting late 5. Corruptible seed Also by Mike Marqusee.
Notes "Revised and expanded edition"--Prelims. Includes bibliographical references, discography, webology, and index. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Related resource Table of contents at http: Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? These 8 locations in All: Australian National University Library.
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