flag uk THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG, by Bob Dylan

   "THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG is Bob Dylan’s first book of new writing since 2004’s CHRONICLES - VOLUME 1 — and since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.
   Dylan, who began working on the book in 2010, offers a masterclass on the art and craft of songwriting. He writes over 60 essays focusing on songs by other artists, spanning from Stephen Foster to Elvis Costello, and in between ranging from Hank Williams to Nina Simone. He analyses what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal.
   These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny. And while they are ostensibly about music, they are really meditations and reflections on the human condition. Running throughout the book are nearly 150 carefully curated photos as well as a series of dream-like riffs that, taken together, resemble an epic poem and add to the work’s transcendence."
   The front cover shows a photography of Little Richard, Alis Lesley and Eddie Cochran at Sydney Airport on 28 September 1957.

   World release on 1 November 2022, hardcover.

the philosophy of modern sog by Bob Dylan book
USA & Canada, Simon & Schuster, 352 pages,
ISBN 9781451648706
the philosophy of modern sog by Bob Dylan book
UK & Australia, Simon & Schuster UK, 352 pages,
ISBN 9781398519411
the philosophy of modern sog by Bob Dylan book
India, Simon & Schuster UK, 416 pages,
ISBN 9781398519428

 

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