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    Bargainin' for Salvation: Bob Dylan, a Zen master? - Steven Heine
    Call Number: ML 420 .D98 H45 2009
    ISBN: 9780826429506
    Publication Date: 2009-05-01
    A thoughtful examination of Dylan's oeuvre through the lens of Buddhism One of the mysteries of Bob Dylan's incredible corpus is why he seems to veer and zigzag so drastically and dramatically from one extreme standpoint to another. Throughout his career, rapid, radical transitions in musical style and public persona have either inspired or shocked different sectors of his fans. Is Dylan's work complex and contradictory, or is there an underlying consistency and continuity to its seemingly chaotic ebb and flow?

    Steven Heine argues that Dylan actually embraces two radically distinct worldviews at alternating periods. One is prevalent in his Protest (early '60s), Country (late '60s), and Gospel (late '70s) phases; it finds Dylan expressing moral outrage by endorsing a single higher truth based on a right-versus-wrong philosophy. The second view appears during periods of Dylan's disillusionment in the mid '60s ("Desolation Row"), mid '70s ("Tangled Up in Blue"), and mid '80s ("Jokerman"), finding him disenchanted with one-sided proclamations of truth, and wandering, seemingly aimless, amid a relativistic world of masks and disguises where nothing is ever what it claims to be.

    Throughout his various stages, Dylan's work reveals an affinity with the Zen worldview, where enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation and intuition rather than through faith and devotion. Much has been made of Dylan's Christian periods, but never before has a book engaged Dylan's deep and rich oeuvre through a Buddhist lens. Forgoing Christianity and Western views for Zen and Buddhism, Bargainin' for Salvation will capture your attention and direct it toward the East.

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    The Bob Dylan Albums: a critical study - Anthony Varesi
    Call Number: ML 420 .D98 V37 2002
    ISBN: 9781550711394
    Publication Date: 2002-04-15
    From his rock 'n' roll of the 1960s to his return to folk and blues in the 1990s, this guide is a unique and comprehensive view of Bob Dylan's albums. Analysing the famous singer-songwriter's career, this work provides a detailed discussion of Bob Dylan's albums from 1962 to 1997's 'Time Out of Mind'. With critic notes on each album, new approaches to favourite tracks, and extra attention on certain overlooked songs, the evolution of the popular artist and his albums are now effectively documented.

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