Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan at the CrossroadsBook - 2005
Describes the cultural context and impact of the song "Like a Rolling Stone," examining its musical antecedents, the song's place in Dylan's career, the circumstances of its production, its lyrical and musical structure and meaning, and its treatment in the hands of other musicians.
But Marcus shows how, far from being a song only of 1965, "Like a Rolling Stone" is rooted in faraway American places and times, drawing on timeless cultural impulses that make the song as challenging, disruptive, and restless today as it ever was, capable of reinvention by artists as disparate as the comedian Richard Belzer and the Italian hip-hop duo Articolo 31. "Like a Rolling Stone" never loses its essential quality, which is directly to challenge the listener: it remains a call to arms and a demand for a better world. Forty years later it is still revolutionary as will and idea, as an attack and an embrace. How Does it Feel? In this unique, burningly intense book, Marcus tells you, and much more besides.
Popular music critic Marcus sees the Bob Dylan song "Like a Rolling Stone" as a singular event in the career of the singer and in the history of pop music and the nation. In this extended meditation on the cultural context and impact of the song, he provides a wide-ranging discussion that examines its musical antecedents, its place in Dylan's career, the circumstances of its production, its lyrical and musical structure and meaning, and its treatment in the hands of other musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Italian hip-hop artists, among other topics. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Like a Rolling Stone' is the definitive biography of the greatest pop single ever made. Recorded in Columbia's Studio A in New York on 16 June 1965, 'Like a Rolling Stone' was instantly of its time - and so strong it has escaped time altogether. Greil Marcus recreates the brilliantly competitive pop world of 1965, and the energy , the anger, the thrill and the horror that Bob Dylan turned into a revolutionary six-minute single. Forty years later the song remains the signal accomplishment of modern music. It drew to itself disparate traditions of American music and speech; it redrew the map of the country itself; it left behind a world that was not the same. The whole adventure is here.
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