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Tearing the World ApartBob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century$
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Nina Goss and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813329

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.001.0001

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Down the Foggy Ruins of Time: Bob Dylan and the Performance of Timelessness

Down the Foggy Ruins of Time: Bob Dylan and the Performance of Timelessness

(p.45) Chapter Three Down the Foggy Ruins of Time: Bob Dylan and the Performance of Timelessness
Tearing the World Apart

Andrea Cossu

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how Bob Dylan's past artistic achievements are sculpted in public memory, and are still being reproduced in the present through records, images, the work of critics, and the mythical role Dylan plays for modern popular music. However, so much has gone on since the release of “Love and Theft” that it is difficult to connect to the commonplace idea of Dylan as either a prominent rock star or as a troubadour from the foggy ruins of the 1960s. Instead, the modern, contemporary Dylan is a kind of trailblazer. He has moved away from his myth and headed toward other, decidedly subtler musical references, references that are external and sometimes antithetic to the established reputation of Bob Dylan as the source and end of his own genius.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, artistic achievements, popular music, Love and Theft, rock star, troubador, contemporary Dylan, trailblazer

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