[Marxism] Bob Dylan [was Re: Fwd: Fred Hampton]

kersplebedeb info at kersplebedeb.com
Sat Nov 7 08:33:29 MST 2009


last month i had the exceptional pleasure of reading Mike Marqusee's The 
Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan's Art, which i cannot 
recommend strongly enough for anyone who enjoys Dylan's music and is 
coming from the left. It was a particular surprise as i knew nothing of 
the book beforehand, it was just a chance find at a bookstore bargain-bin.

Marqusee puts Dylan in the context of the relationship between the left 
and 20th century American folk music, arguing that the latter was 
strongly influenced (and tainted) by the "social patriotism" of the 
popular front period, and that Dylan's appeal partly came from the fact 
that he broke with this sick pro-Americanism. Indeed, Marqusee makes a 
good case that a lot of Dylan's "specialness" comes from the fact that 
he adopted positions about five minutes before they would be embraced by 
the counterculture, and people were drawn to this regardless of the fact 
that the singer would often turn around and reject said positions just 
moments later.

it is a great book.

Asad Haider wrote:
> An excellent article on Dylan by Bill Drummond of the KLF:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/oct/02/folk
>
> On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 1:44 AM, Kenneth Morgan <kenmor1968 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
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