CHIMES OF FREEDOM THE POLITICS OF BOB DYLAN'S ART is a major work on the music and politics of Bob Dylan, written by Mike Marqusee.
The book takes its title from the song "Chimes of Freedom", which is a transitional work between Dylan's earlier 'protest' style and his later more free-flowing obscure and poetic style.
Marqusee discusses Dylan's early influence by Woody Guthrie, his involvement with the protest movement, his ready youthful empathy with the Civil Rights Movement and with those in poverty within the USA; and his increasing disillusionment in the mid-sixties with protest politics. This was paralleled musically by his moving away from the use of a simple acoustic guitar, to a full backing group; and lyrically, by his evolution of a highly complex poetic style which influenced popular music for a generation.
The New Press, New York London 2003,
328 pages, Hardback. ISBN 1-56584-825-X
paperback uncorrected proof, 2003. 296 pages
(collection Arie de Reus)
subtitled - BOB DYLAN AND THE 60's,
2005, Calcutta, India, 378 pages, paperback