Bob Dylan’s New Book, ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song,’ Coming This Year


Bob Dylan is about to release a new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song — his first book published since 2004 Chronicles: Volume 1.

According to the press release, Bob Dylan’s new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song – which the musician began working on in 2010 and will be published by Simon & Schuster – includes more than 60 essays on songs by other artists like Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams, and more. It should hit shelves in November.

Bob Dylan’s analysis, “of what he calls the easy rhyme trap, and explains how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song, and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal,” is accompanied by 150 selected photos, as well as a series of “dreamlike” riffs included in the audiobook.

Photo: H. Thompson/Evening Standard

In a statement, Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp said:The publication of Bob Dylan’s brilliant and kaleidoscopic oeuvre will be an international celebration of the songs of one of the greatest artists of our time. The philosophy of modern song could only have been written by Bob Dylan. Her voice is unique and her work conveys her deep appreciation and understanding of the songs, the people who bring those songs to life, and what the songs mean to all of us.

In the new book, the Nobel laureate will reflect on the ideas and philosophies that permeate modern songs; follow these paradigms as they have changed and evolved over time.

by Bob Dylan The Philosophy of Modern Song is scheduled for November 8.


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