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Bob Dylan Ain'T Talking: One Man's Vast Comic Adventure In American Music, Dramaturgy, And Mysticism

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Bob Dylan has spent a lifetime despising the nineteen-sixtiesall the while being held up everywhere as its avatar. This comic tale of mistaken identity is the story of his life. Bob Dylan is the Augie March of American music. To understand why one of a thousand musical masks that Dylan has worn over the decades stuck so persistently in the minds of his original audience and was passed down so insistently to their progeny is to understand the difference between two Americas. One America is faux-tragic, the other is comic. The ambivalences of Dylans musical textures induce in the listener uncanny sensations. The comic Odysseus continues on, down Lincoln County Road, even if doom echoes in the distance. For DylanJew, Christian, and pantheist amongst his many masksGod is music. And the music of God is silent.

Keywords: American music; Bob Dylan; comic adventure; Lincoln County road; musical textures



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