Dylan Redeemed: From Highway 61 to Saved

Dylan Redeemed From Highway to Saved Bob Dylan s earth shattering performance at Newport in changed the face of rock and roll and the face of folk music forever Dylan broke the musical equivalent of the sound barrier He had to teach

  • Title: Dylan Redeemed: From Highway 61 to Saved
  • Author: Stephen H. Webb
  • ISBN: 9780826419194
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bob Dylan s earth shattering performance at Newport in 1965 changed the face of rock and roll and the face of folk music forever Dylan broke the musical equivalent of the sound barrier He had to teach his audience how to hear sounds that had never before been heard Dylan did the same for religion when he converted to Christianity in late 1978 Rock and reilgion have beBob Dylan s earth shattering performance at Newport in 1965 changed the face of rock and roll and the face of folk music forever Dylan broke the musical equivalent of the sound barrier He had to teach his audience how to hear sounds that had never before been heard Dylan did the same for religion when he converted to Christianity in late 1978 Rock and reilgion have become intertwined in contemporay culture Does rock gain its power from the decline of religious authority Is rock a neutral medium that churches can appropriate with little or no danger to spiritual truths Do rock and religion have the same ancient roots Or is rock essentially at odds with Christianity No contemporary musician presents a better test case than Bob Dylan He played a key role in the fusion of rock and religion when he converted to Christianity Dylan was ahead of the contemporary Christian music trend Although he helped legitimize Christian rock in the late seventies, even his early music had deeply spiritual undertones From the beginning of his career, Dylan talked about his music in terms of a spiritual calling He imbued rock with something oracular and otherworldly a supersonic rendition of the supernatural which gave popular music enough weight to convey something of the mystery of religious ritual Webb focuses on Dylan s religious period in this book, but convincingly shows that this religious period cannot be understood apart from a rereading of his entire career Webb reevaluates Dylan s early career in light of Dylan s Christian period and shows that Dylan s Christian period was a natural development in his musical and spiritual journey.

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    1. It was OK. Parts of it I loved and then there were laugh out loud parts. Webb really seems to go out of his way to have Dylan and his music coexist with his own beliefs.That being said some of what he wrote I agree with. I do think that Dylan doesn't want to be viewed as being for the left or the right, what artist would? Dylan creates and then it is up to you the listener to find what it all means. I also did not like how Webb comes across as condescending. There are large parts of the book whe [...]

    2. This book has some provocative things to say about sound and silence, but this material comes in the last third of the book. By the time I got to this discussion of sound, music, and silence, I was thoroughly irritated by the thesis that Dylan was not on the liberal left from the beginning of his career. Webb's reading of lyrics to songs such as "Only a Pawn in Their Game" and late in the book, "Cold Irons Bound," strike me as forced and quite simply wrong. Webb has an agenda, and from my perspe [...]

    3. A provocative book on the iconic Mr. Dylan. His thesis, which he does a good job of proving, is that Dylan is best understood apart from the "sixties" political assumptions that have been heaped upon him. In interview after interview, Dylan rejected political interpretations of his music. Anyone who has read Dylan's own "Chronicles" or listened to his three-year radio program "Theme Time Radio Hour" will readily understand this. Dylan embraced and celebrated the whole sweep of American music; he [...]

    4. This book meant a lot to me - totally changed how I think of Dylan and his work. I now see him as a counter-cultural force as a rockster and as a Christian. That's kinda how I see myself too in my own way, so I feel closer to him now.I bought the book before reading Webb's Mormon Christianity, which I also loved - then saw that wrote the Dylan book too. What a wandering, amazing thinker this Webb must be! I totally got the importance for Dylan in his life - that's how I am too. I even dream of D [...]

    5. Webb does a fantastic job with his close-reading of Dylan's lyrics. This work recontextualizes some of his major performances and sets up a career narrative that strikes me as unique.The downside is that Webb approaches rock as a genre as if this were 1957. Not only does he have the idea that rock will make kids turn to hedonistic wildness, but he doesn't get any sense of varying rock aesthetics, at one point even claiming that rock is so dischordant that you can tell what instruments make what [...]

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