Bob Dylan Announces New Book ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’
9 March 2022
Rolling Stone: Andy Greene:
His long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s ‘Chronicles: Volume One’ is a collection of essays about songs by other artists
Bob Dylan has written his first book since his 2004 memoir Chronicles : Volume One. The Philosophy of Modern Song, out November 8th, will be a collection of over 60 essays focusing on songs by other artists.
Dylan will analyze songwriters such as Stephen Foster, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams, and Nina Simone. “[Dylan] analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song, and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal,” a press release noted. “These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny.”