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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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“Everybody Got to Wonder What’s the Matter with this Cruel World Today”: Social Consciousness and Political Commentary in “Love and Theft” and Modern Times

“Everybody Got to Wonder What’s the Matter with this Cruel World Today”: Social Consciousness and Political Commentary in “Love and Theft” and Modern Times

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(p.158) Chapter Eleven “Everybody Got to Wonder What’s the Matter with this Cruel World Today”: Social Consciousness and Political Commentary in “Love and Theft” and Modern Times
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Tearing the World Apart
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Thad Williamson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.003.0012

This concluding chapter shows that a common view among some observers of the contemporary Dylan, observing the pastiche of half-borrowed melodies and lyrics on both “Love and Theft” and Modern Times and questions that have been raised about the veracity of Chronicles, is that in fact Dylan is simply the consummate “bullshit artist.” However, the chapter rejects the claim that there is nothing coherent or compelling in Dylan's body of work. Writer Sean Wilentz, for instance, have shown that Dylan in fact has a powerful and well-educated mind honed not just by his personal experience but by wide, self-guided reading, particularly in American history.

Keywords:   contemporary Dylan, Love and Theft, Modern Times, Chronicles, Sean Wilentz, American history, personal experience

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