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Bob Dylan: The Never Ending Star (Celebrities)

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Bob Dylan’s contribution to popular music is immeasurable. Venerated as rock’s one true genius, Dylan is considered responsible for introducing a new range of topics and new lyrical complexity into popular music. Without Bob Dylan, rock critic Dave Marsh once claimed, there would be no popular music as we understand it today.

As such an exalted figure, Dylan has been the subject of countless books and intricate scholarship considering various dimensions of both the man and his music. This book places new emphasis on Dylan as a rock star. Whatever else Dylan is, he is a star – iconic, charismatic, legendary, enigmatic. No one else in popular music has maintained such star status for so long a period of time.

Showing how theories of stardom can help us understand both Bob Dylan and the history of rock music, Lee Marshall provides new insight into how Dylan’s songs acquire meaning and affects his relationship with his fans, his critics and the recording industry. Marshall discusses Dylan’s emergence as a star in the folk revival (the “spokesman for a generation”) and the formative role that Dylan plays in creating a new type of music – rock – and a new type of star. Bringing the book right up to date, he also sheds new light on how Dylan’s later career has been shaped by his earlier star image and how Dylan repeatedly tried to throw off the limitations and responsibilities of his stardom.

The book concludes by considering the revival of Dylan over the past ten years and how Dylan’s stardom has developed in a way that contains, but is not overshadowed by, his achievements in the 1960s.

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Bob Dylan's contribution to popular music is immeasurable. Venerated as rock's one true genius, Dylan is considered responsible for introducing a new range of topics and new lyrical complexity into popular music. Without Bob Dylan, rock critic Dave Marsh once claimed, there would be no popular music as we understand it today.

As such an exalted figure, Dylan has been the subject of countless books and intricate scholarship considering various dimensions of both the man and his music. This book places new emphasis on Dylan as a rock star. Whatever else Dylan is, he is a star - iconic, charismatic, legendary, enigmatic. No one else in popular music has maintained such star status for so long a period of time.

Showing how theories of stardom can help us understand both Bob Dylan and the history of rock music, Lee Marshall provides new insight into how Dylan's songs acquire meaning and affects his relationship with his fans, his critics and the recording industry. Marshall discusses Dylan's emergence as a star in the folk revival (the "spokesman for a generation") and the formative role that Dylan plays in creating a new type of music - rock - and a new type of star. Bringing the book right up to date, he also sheds new light on how Dylan's later career has been shaped by his earlier star image and how Dylan repeatedly tried to throw off the limitations and responsibilities of his stardom.

The book concludes by considering the revival of Dylan over the past ten years and how Dylan's stardom has developed in a way that contains, but is not overshadowed by, his achievements in the 1960s.

About the Author

Lee Marshall is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements

  • Note on references

  • The theoretical bit: Why looking at stardom is important for understanding Dylan; Different approaches to stardom, and the most important bits of the theories; How we hear songs; Whether words or voice are most important; How stardom affects the meaning of songs.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Chapter 2: Stardom, Authorship and the Meaning of Songs

  • Authorship and song meaning

  • How we hear music: recordings, words and voice

  • Voice, character and personality

  • Stardom, personality and the ‘illusion of intimacy’

  • Stardom, the voice and the meaning of songs

  • Dylan’s sixties stardom: Dylan’s emergence in the folk revival and the contradictions of being a ‘folk star’; His move into rock, political individualism and the tensions between culture and commerce; Dylan’s withdrawal from the scene in the late sixties; His attempts to reclaim his stardom and their effect on the rest of his career.

  • Career Snapshot

  • Chapter 3: Folk Stardom: Star as Ordinary, Star as Special

  • Folk music and the folk revival

  • Dylan and the folk revival

  • The baby-boomers, folk music and individualism

  • Stardom, folk music and mass culture

  • Career Snapshot

  • Chapter 4: Rock Stardom: Reconciling Culture and Commerce

  • Dylan, rock and transition

  • The art ideology: self and transcendence

  • The folk ideology: the rock community and the politics of the self

  • Bob Dylan, the ultimate rock star

  • Career Snapshot

  • Chapter 5: Beyond Stardom: Rock History and Canonisation

  • Keeping silent

  • Saying nothing

  • After the crash: Dylan’s post-60s stardom

  • Dylan’s later stardom: Changing social values and Dylan’s problems in the 1980s; Dylan’s attempt to reconstruct the relationship with his audience; An overview of the Never Ending Tour and its key features; Debates about Dylan’s later work; Time Out Of Mind and the changes in Dylan’s stardom since 1997.

  • Career Snapshot

  • Chapter 6: Declining Stardom: Nostalgia and the 'Death of Rock'

  • Rock, postmodernism and authority

  • Industry restructuring and the ‘living legend’

  • Career Snapshot

  • Chapter 7: Redefining Stardom: the Never Ending Tour

  • ‘Recording consciousness’ and live performance

  • Reshaping Dylan’s audience

  • Performance and the question of text

  • High and low cultural value

  • The NET and Dylan’s star image

  • Career Snapshot

  • Chapter 8: Never-Ending Stardom: Dylan after Time Out Of Mind

  • ‘Sittin’ on my watch’: The musical experience of time

  • Dylan and musical tradition

  • Stardom, timelessness and immortality

  • Bibliography

  • List of Interviews

  • Copyright Acknowledgements
  • Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780745636429
    Author:
    Marshall, Lee
    Publisher:
    Polity Press
    Subject:
    Composers & Musicians - Rock
    Subject:
    Genres & Styles - Rock
    Subject:
    Sociology - General
    Subject:
    Biography-Composers and Musicians
    Subject:
    Popular Culture
    Subject:
    Sociology of Culture
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Paperback
    Series:
    Polity celebrities series
    Publication Date:
    January 2008
    Binding:
    TRADE PAPER
    Grade Level:
    Professional and scholarly
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    320
    Dimensions:
    229 x 152 x 15 mm 24 oz

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    Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
    Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock
    Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock » Biographies
    Biography » Composers and Musicians

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    Product details 320 pages Polity Press - English 9780745636429 Reviews:
    "Synopsis" by , Bob Dylan's contribution to popular music is immeasurable. Venerated as rock's one true genius, Dylan is considered responsible for introducing a new range of topics and new lyrical complexity into popular music. Without Bob Dylan, rock critic Dave Marsh once claimed, there would be no popular music as we understand it today.

    As such an exalted figure, Dylan has been the subject of countless books and intricate scholarship considering various dimensions of both the man and his music. This book places new emphasis on Dylan as a rock star. Whatever else Dylan is, he is a star - iconic, charismatic, legendary, enigmatic. No one else in popular music has maintained such star status for so long a period of time.

    Showing how theories of stardom can help us understand both Bob Dylan and the history of rock music, Lee Marshall provides new insight into how Dylan's songs acquire meaning and affects his relationship with his fans, his critics and the recording industry. Marshall discusses Dylan's emergence as a star in the folk revival (the "spokesman for a generation") and the formative role that Dylan plays in creating a new type of music - rock - and a new type of star. Bringing the book right up to date, he also sheds new light on how Dylan's later career has been shaped by his earlier star image and how Dylan repeatedly tried to throw off the limitations and responsibilities of his stardom.

    The book concludes by considering the revival of Dylan over the past ten years and how Dylan's stardom has developed in a way that contains, but is not overshadowed by, his achievements in the 1960s.

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