Bob Dylan in Performance: Song, Stage, and Screen

Author:   Keith Nainby ,  John M. Radosta
Publisher:   Lexington Books
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9781498582650


Pages:   316
Publication Date:   09 November 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Keith Nainby ,  John M. Radosta
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Dimensions:   Width: 15.40cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 22.00cm
Weight:   0.472kg
ISBN:  

9781498582650


ISBN 10:   1498582656
Pages:   316
Publication Date:   09 November 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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The historical and cultural connections drawn in this work are vital for a complete understanding of Dylan, while the insightful interpretations of the performances remind us that we can always revisit great artists. The scholarship is impeccable; the authors are familiar with the vast Dylan literature as well as with the equally overwhelming amount of albums, concerts, outtakes, etc, that form the Dylan oeuvre. As a long-time Dylan fan, it did open my eyes, or rather my ears, up to new ways to appreciating Dylan. After 40 years of listening to him, that is no small accomplishment. -- Peter Vernezze, Weber State University This is a worthy addition to the ever-growing mountain of research on Dylan. Nainby (communication, California State Univ., Stanislaus) and Radosta (English, Milton High School) have drawn on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including song lyrics (which they quote extensively), offering a nuanced, scholarly exploration of Dylan's performance styles. Chapter 2, Dylan and the Popular Song Tradition, explores the amazing range of folk and popular songs with which Dylan is familiar. Chapter 3 jumps to the rock tradition with an analysis of his vocal gymnastics and complex lyrics. In chapter 4 the authors switch to the bardic tradition, observing that as a performer, Bob Dylan often dons the mantle of the bard, the keeper of civilization's stories and wisdom. The authors often contrast Dylan's live performances and his recorded legacy, as songs and styles have come and gone in his repertoire over 60 years. In chapter 6 they observe that a hallmark for fans of Dylan's live performances is the knowledge that they are likely to hear an entirely different rendition of a song-likely all of them. The discussion of Dylan's films is particularly insightful. Including a lengthy bibliography and discography, this book is intended for academic readers rather than fans. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *


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Keith Nainby is professor of communication studies at California State University, Stanislaus. John M. Radosta teaches English and creative writing at Milton High School.

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