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Transatlantic Roots MusicFolk, Blues, and National Identities$
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Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032882

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.001.0001

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“It’s Not British Music, It’s American Music”

“It’s Not British Music, It’s American Music”

Bob Dylan and Britain

(p.94) 6 “It’s Not British Music, It’s American Music”
Transatlantic Roots Music

John Hughes

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Bob Dylan’s songwriting craft, by tracing the complex influence and genealogies of Dylan’s compositions throughout the 1960s as he crossed the Atlantic in person. It documents the inspiration of Child Ballads and other British folk song on Dylan’s writing and then considers Dylan’s eventual return in 1965 to the American tradition, as redrawn by Woody Guthrie, as he adopted an American provenance. At the same time, the chapter locates Dylan in a literary and poetic tradition.

Keywords:   Child Ballads, British folk song, songwriting, Woody Guthrie

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