Here Greil Marcus tells Dylan’s story through seven of his most transformative songs. Marcus’s point of departure is Dylan’s ability to “see myself in others.” The motor of his music is empathy: as at the beginning of his career in New York he spoke of writing a song about Emmett Till in the first person, nearly sixty years later he circled the globe as John F. Kennedy arguing with infinity as he waited between life and death.
The seven songs -not obviously illustrated on the frontcover- are: Blowin’ in the Wind (1962), The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (1964), Ain’t Talkin’ (2006), The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964), Desolation Row (1965), Jim Jones (1992), and Murder Most Foul (2020).
-A BOB DYLAN BIOGRAPHY IN SEVEN SONGS, Yale University Press (11 October 2022), hardcover, 288 pages. ISBN 978-0300255317.