The list of narrators for the audio version of Bob Dylan’s next book has been revealed, and it reads like a who’s who of Oscar contenders from past decades, with the author himself doing some of the reading.
The lineup of voice talents reading aloud chapters from “The Philosophy of Modern Song” include Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jeffrey Wright and Renée Zellweger.
This lineup of All-Star Dylan substitutes has yet to be officially announced. It was first published by the British magazine Uncut; Variety confirmed the list.
“The Philosophy of Modern Song” is a collection of essays on 66 different songs that Dylan considers great pieces of songwriting. It will be released on November 8 by Simon & Schuster.
Word from audiobook readers follows the reveal last month of the 66 tracks Dylan is tackling in the upcoming book. It will include his reviews of classic songs written and/or recorded by greats like Jimmy Reed, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Nina Simone, Elvis Costello and Townes Van Zandt, as well as perhaps less expected picks like “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” by Cher, “Witchy Woman” by the Eagles, “CIA Man” by the Fugs and “Come On-a My House” by Rosemary Clooney.
The song list further includes four picks made popular by Elvis Presley, three famous ones recorded by Ray Charles, and two from the Frank Sinatra catalog. The oldest song on Dylan’s list is “Nelly Was a Lady” by Stephen Foster, written in 1849, and the most recent is “Dirty Life and Times” by the late Warren Zevon, from the farewell album of this singer in 2003.