The Philosophy of Modern Song is Bob Dylan’s first book of new writing since 2004’s Chronicles: Volume One—and since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.
Johnny’s in the basement 60 years later and still mixin’ up the medicine with the help of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Noel Fielding, Jim Jarmusch, John Squire, Bobby Gillespie, Julian House, Zep, Cey Adams, Francis Cabrel, Wim Wenders, Anthony Burrill, Naoki Urasawa, Michael Joo and Azazel Jacobs.
The music of Bob Dylan has always been poetic. Bob dabbed in actual poetry with his infamous 1971 Tarantula book of prose. Critics did not respond in kind throughout the years.
Tarantula is more of a tribute to Arthur Rimbaud’s prose style. Will Patton breathes new life into this body of work as he reads the lesser-known work of Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan’s impact on the music industry is undeniably significant, with many hailing him as a true pioneer. However, not everyone shares this perspective; figures like Joni Mitchell have accused him of being a plagiarist.