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Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s

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“In this remarkable reflection on the culture of the sixties, Mike Marqusee restores the forgotten moral and political contexts of Dylan’s supernova years. In doing so, he rescues one of the most urgent poetic voices in American history from the condescension of his own later cynicism.”—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

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 describes the rise of Dylan’s artistic ambition at the expense of his activism. 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. Beginning with the march on Washington in the summer of 1964, Marqusee traces the formation of the Southern voter registration movement and the rise of the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weathermen. The twists and turns of political and cultural dissent movements, Marqusee says, were anticipated in the poetic aesthetic—anarchic, unaccountable, contradictory, punk—of Dylan’s mid-1960s albums Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde.

Dylan’s anguished, self-obsessed, prickly artistic evolution, Marqusee asserts, was not what everyone thinks it was: a movement away from politics. It was a movement away from protest and from activism, it was a movement away from the front lines, it 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.”

Mike Marqusee is the author of a number of groundbreaking books on politics and popular culture, including Anyone But England, War Minus the Shooting, and Redemption Song. Born and raised in the United States, he has lived in London since the 1970s.

Synopsis:

This remarkable reflection of the sixties restores the forgotten moral and political contexts of Dylan's supernova years.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Mike Marqusee is the author of a number of groundbreaking books on politics and popular culture, including Anyone But England, War Minus the Shooting, and Redemption Song. Born and raised in the United States, he has lived in London since the 1970s.

Table of Contents

1. 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609801151
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Music : General
Author:
Marqusee, Mike
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
General
Subject:
Protest songs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Nineteen sixties
Subject:
United States Social conditions 1960-1980.
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Music - General
Subject:
Music : History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Music : Lyrics
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Music-Rock Biography
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
July 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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"Synopsis" by , This remarkable reflection of the sixties restores the forgotten moral and political contexts of Dylan's supernova years.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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