Bob Dylan Announces New Book ‘The Philosophy of Modern day Song’

Bob Dylan has penned his very first e book considering the fact that his 2004 memoir Chronicles: Quantity A single. The Philosophy of Present day Tune, out November 8th, will be a assortment of over 60 essays concentrating on tunes by other artists.

Dylan will examine songwriters these as Stephen Foster, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams, and Nina Simone. “[Dylan] analyzes what he phone calls the lure of uncomplicated rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a track, and even describes how bluegrass relates to heavy metal,” a press launch observed. “These essays are composed in Dylan’s one of a kind prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and usually chuckle-out-loud amusing.”

“And even though they are ostensibly about music, they are definitely meditations and reflections on the human situation,” it carries on. “Running during the guide are approximately 150 carefully curated pics as perfectly as a series of dream-like riffs that, taken collectively, resemble an epic poem and add to the work’s transcendence.”

Dylan has been performing on the The Philosophy of Contemporary Song due to the fact 2010. “The publication of Bob Dylan’s kaleidoscopically outstanding operate will be an intercontinental celebration of music by a single of the biggest artists of our time,” explained Jonathan Karp, President and Chief Government Officer of Simon & Schuster. “The Philosophy of Fashionable Song could only have been prepared by Bob Dylan. His voice is unique, and his operate conveys his deep appreciation and knowledge of tunes, the people who bring those tunes to daily life, and what music indicate to all of us.”

Chronicles: Quantity A single was a non-regular memoir that centered on his early days in New York Town and the development of his 1970 LP New Morning and his 1989 album Oh Mercy. Rumors of a Chronicles sequel circulated for many years, and Dylan from time to time mentioned he was operating on it. “I feel I can go back to the Blonde on Blonde album — which is in all probability about as significantly back again as I can go on the next ebook,” he explained to Rolling Stone in 2006. “Then I’ll probably go forward. I thought of an intriguing time. I created this history, Below the Red Sky, with Don Was, but at the exact same time I was also performing the [second] Wilburys file. I really do not know how it occurred that I acquired into both equally albums at the very same time.”

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He gave an update on Chronicles II in 2012, a yr just after he reportedly signed a 6-book offer with Simon and Schuster. “I’m normally functioning on parts of [another Chronicles],” he instructed Rolling Stone in 2012. “But the last Chronicles I did all by myself. I’m not even actually so guaranteed I had a appropriate editor for that. I really do not want truly to say as well considerably about that. But it’s a whole lot of perform. I do not head creating it, but it is the rereading it and the time it can take to reread it – that for me is challenging.”

And whilst The Philosophy of Modern day Song is not yet another Chronicles, it must nevertheless be interesting to Dylan enthusiasts that have in no way experienced the likelihood to hear him talk about the craft of songwriting in this much element.

Dylan not long ago resumed his Rough and Rowdy Ways tour with a exhibit in Phoenix, Arizona. It wraps up April 14th in Oklahoma City.