• Philosophy of Modern Song

    From Ogg@21:4/106.21 to All on Wed Jan 18 20:44:00 2023
    THIS is a very interesting set of writing:

    The Philosophy of Modern Song | Hardcover
    Bob Dylan
    Simon & Schuster | Simon & Schuster
    Music / Essays / Biography & Autobiography / Music / Personal Memoirs
    Published Nov 1, 2022

    "Dylan, who began working on the book in 2010, offers his
    extraordinary insight into the nature of popular music. 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

    "And while they are ostensibly about music, they are really
    meditations and reflections on the human condition.

    "Running throughout the book are nearly 150 carefully curated
    photos as well as a series of dream-like riffs that, taken
    together, resemble an epic poem and add to the work's

    I didn't think this was going to be anything special from any
    other biography or music book, but seeing it first hand and up
    close it *is* rather unique. It would make a great gift for the
    music lover - or one's self as a music collector.

    --- OpenXP 5.0.51
    * Origin: What do you call a musician with problems? A trebled man. (21:4/106.21)