Bob Dylan Will Release New Book “The Philosophy Of Modern Song”
Bob Dylan has announced a new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song, which will be released on November 8.
This is Dylan’s first publication since 2004’s acclaimed Chronicles: Volume One. Dylan first began his work on the book in 2010, containing over 60 essays that examine songs by songwriters like Stephen Foster, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams and Nina Simone.
According to a press release, the book,
“offers a master class on the art and craft of songwriting.”
The press release also notes:
“[Dylan] analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal.
“These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny. And while they are ostensibly about music, they are really meditations and reflections on the human condition.”
The book also includes more than 100 photos and “dream-like riffs.”
Jonathan Karp, president and chief executive officer of Simon & Schuster said:
“The publication of Bob Dylan’s kaleidoscopically brilliant work will be an international celebration of songs by one of the greatest artists of our time.
“The Philosophy of Modern Song could only have been written by Bob Dylan. His voice is unique, and his work conveys his deep appreciation and understanding of songs, the people who bring those songs to life, and what songs mean to all of us.”
Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016. He is currently performing on the second leg of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour.