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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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The Last Bob Dylan Record

The Last Bob Dylan Record

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(p.151) Chapter Ten The Last Bob Dylan Record
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Tearing the World Apart
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Nick Smart

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.003.0011

This chapter concentrates on Bob Dylan's last record and how it will carry his whole career. By consistently living and writing and playing, Dylan burdens himself with the obligation not just to meet but to elevate the standard of his greatness. If it is ever really concluded that Dylan is done being Dylan, as was thought during the time of the Christian records, and the seemingly unremarkable stretches between Infidels (1983) and Oh Mercy, and Time Out of Mind, a devaluation of the entire career will occur. Every new record will be the measure of existing potency. And now, six decades into this career, the new record might really be the last record—so the pressure becomes more intense.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, writing, playing, Christian records, Infidels, Oh Mercy, Time Out of Mind

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