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Listening to Bob Dylan

Larry Starr



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University of Illinois Press
14 September 2021
Venerated for his lyrics, Bob Dylan in fact is a songwriting musician with a unique mastery of merging his words with music and performance. Larry Starr cuts through pretention and myth to provide a refreshingly holistic appreciation of Dylan's music. Ranging from celebrated classics to less familiar compositions, Starr invites readers to reinvigorate their listening experiences by sharing his own-sometimes approaching a song from a fresh perspective, sometimes reeling in surprise at discoveries found in well-known favorites. Starr breaks down often-overlooked aspects of the works, from Dylan's many vocal styles to his evocative harmonica playing to his choices as a composer. The result is a guide that allows listeners to follow their own passionate love of music into hearing these songs-and personal favorites-in new ways. Reader-friendly and revealing, Listening to Bob Dylan encourages hardcore fans and Dylan-curious seekers alike to rediscover the music legend.
By:   Larry Starr
Imprint:   University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780252086021
ISBN 10:   0252086023
Series:   Music in American Life
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   14 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
CoverTitleCopyrightContentsPreface1. Not by Words Alone2. Folksinger, Bluesman, Rocker, Crooner: The Many Voices of Bob Dylan3. His Other Voice: Bob Dylan's Essential Harmonica4. Bob Dylan as Composer, I: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm5. Bob Dylan as Composer, II: Musical Form6. Accompanying Bob Dylan: Instruments, Instrumentalists, Singers7. Arranging an Album8. Bob Dylan in Live Performance: Documenting a Musical Shape-Shifter9. Bringing It All Back Home: (Pulling It All Together)AcknowledgmentsA Very Selective BibliographyIndexBack cover

Larry Starr is emeritus professor of music history at the University of Washington. He is the author of George Gershwin and coauthor of American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, sixth edition.

Reviews for Listening to Bob Dylan

In this fresh and expansive book, Starr invites us to reach beyond the Nobel-winning lyrics and finally hear the brilliance of Dylan's work as a performer, arranger, composer, and vocal stylist. Each chapter is a lively, accessible masterclass that will make you return again to even the most familiar songs with a sense of wonder and surprise. --Sean Latham, editor of The World of Bob Dylan Larry Starr's Listening to Bob Dylan is a refreshing addition to the ever-growing literature about Bob Dylan. Unlike most books on the subject, which tend toward extensive biography, exhaustive lyrical analysis, or trivia-based one-upmanship, Starr takes a relatively novel tack: he approaches Dylan as a musician. Drawing upon his decades of popular music study and pedagogy, Starr deftly navigates Dylan's six-decade career in a manner that is both informative and accessible, but most of all it is a pure joy to read. --Mark A. Davidson, Archives Director, The Bob Dylan Archive

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