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The philosophy of modern song, Bob Dylan

The philosophy of modern song, Bob Dylan
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The philosophy of modern song
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Bob Dylan
Dylan, who began working on the book in 2010, offers a master class on the art and craft of songwriting. He writes over sixty 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 analyzes 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
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Detroit City -- Pump It Up -- Without a Song -- Take Me from This Garden of Evil -- There Stands the Glass -- Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me -- Tutti Frutti -- Chapter Money Honey -- Chapter My Generation -- Jesse James -- Poor Little Fool -- Pancho and Lefty -- The Pretender -- Mack the Knife -- Whiffenpoof Song -- You Don't Know Me -- Ball of Confusion; Poison Love -- Beyond the Sea -- On the Road Again -- If You Don't Know Me by Now -- The Little White Cloud That Cried -- El Paso -- Nelly Was a Lady -- Cheaper to Keep Her -- I Got a Woman -- CIA Man -- On the Street Where You Live -- Truckin' -- Ruby, Are You Mad? -- Old Violin -- Volare -- London Calling -- Your Cheatin' Heart -- Blue Bayou -- Midnight Rider; Blue Suede Shoes -- My Prayer -- Dirty Life and Times -- Doesn't Hurt Anymore -- Key to the Highway -- Everybody Cryin' Mercy -- War -- Big River -- Feel So Good -- Blue Moon -- Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves -- Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy -- It's All in the Game -- A Certain Girl -- I've Always Been Crazy -- Witchy Woman -- Big Boss Man -- Long Tall Sally; Old and Only in the Way -- Black Magic Woman -- By the Time I Get to Phoenix -- Come On-a My House -- Don't Take Your Guns to Town -- Come Rain or Come Shine -- Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood -- Strangers in the Night -- Viva Las Vegas -- Saturday Night at the Movies -- Waist Deep in the Big Muddy -- Where or When
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