Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

The Lives of Bob Dylan

eBook - 2012
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Half a century ago, a youth appeared from the American hinterland and began a cultural revolution. The world is still coming to terms with what Bob Dylan accomplished in his artistic explosion upon popular culture.

In Once Upon A Time, award-winning author Ian Bell draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all their contradictory brilliance. For the first time, the laureate of modern America is set in his entire context: musical, historical, literary, political, and personal.

Full of new insights into the legendary singer, his songs, his life, and his era, the artist who invented himself in order to reinvent America is discovered anew. Once Upon A Time is a lively investigation of a mysterious personality that has splintered and reformed, time after time, in a country forever trying to understand itself. Now that mystery is explained.

Publisher: New York. NY : Pegasus Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781480447509
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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" On 4 November 1963, Bob Dylan was exposed as a fraud by NEWSWEEK magazine." " In March 1966, in a paragraph buried in an article in the EVENING STANDARD, John Lennon remarks casually that his band are 'more popular than Jesus now.' The Beatle will also dismiss the Christ's disciples as 'thick and ordinary.' He won't mention anyone named Judas....men in bowler hats still march regimentally to their City offices each morning. The BBC still sounds like a spoof of a still-vigorous class system. Millions on the islands still believe, like Lennon and his Beatles, that everything modern in the 20th century has come from America." "Britain in the middle of the 60s is a vastly less conservative country than America, more attuned to political dissent, more socially liberal, yet oddly, persistently hidebound. Modern is good; money is tainted. America is envied and admired; "American" is an object of suspicion. The global phenomenon surrounding the Beatles is a source of bemused national pride and faint derision." "Even the killing of John Kennedy, that glimpse into encroaching darkness, has not wrenched every consciousness. The myth of a youth rebellion, '56 to '66, will be applied retrospectively,but in the cities and towns and spreading suburbs of the republic the distinguishing mark of a younger generation is dioposable income, not dissent."


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