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April 2021
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Bob Dylan has helped transform music, literature, pop culture, and even politics. The World of Bob Dylan chronicles a lifetime of creative invention that has made a global impact. Leading rock and pop critics and music scholars address themes and topics central to Dylan's life and work: the Blues, his religious faith, Civil Rights, Gender, Race, and American and World literature. Incorporating a rich array of new archival material from never before accessed archives, The World of Bob Dylan offers a comprehensive, uniquely informed and wholly fresh account of the songwriter, artist, filmmaker, and Nobel Laureate whose unique voice has permanently reshaped our cultural landscape.


‘(The World of Bob Dylan) offers a comprehensive overview of Bobdom - musical influences from sea shanties and highland ballads to blues and gospel, his interest in Brecht and the Beat poets, the politics of the civil rights movement and the counterculture, and more.’

Neil Spencer Source: The Observer

'An illuminating read for both the fanatic and the more casual fan.’

Ben Phillipson Source: Shindig!

‘Latham's symposium covers huge ground … (and) many of the contributions sing.’

Danny Eccleston Source: Mojo

‘Crammed with insights into Dylan's world … fans will already have it on order.'

Tony Burke Source: Record Collector

‘A book filled with scholarly scruple and imaginative audacity. A true Dylanfest.'

Declan Kiberd Source: Irish Times

'The World Of Bob Dylan kicks off an archival deep dive into the legacy and cultural importance of Dylan in thoroughly academic manner that remains enjoyable. This book pairs well with Dylan’s expansive discography and will more than likely lead to a greater appreciation for the singer-songwriter.'

Gerrod Harris Source: Spill Magazine

‘This is an excellent volume, and the different contributions are of a uniformly high standard. The range of aspects of Dylan studies covered is impressive.’

Christopher Rollason Source: Dylan Review

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