The Gospel according to Bob Dylan: The Old, Old Story of Modern Times  -     By: Michael J. Gilmour
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The Gospel according to Bob Dylan: The Old, Old Story of Modern Times

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Since the early 1960s, music fans have found Bob Dylan's spirituality fascinating, and many of them have identified Dylan as a kind of spiritual guru. The ospel According to Bob Dylan, written by a scholar who is a longtime fan, examines Dylan's mystique, asking why audiences respond to him as a spiritual guide. This book reveals Bob Dylan as a major twentieth- and twenty-first-century religious thinker with a body of relevant work that goes far beyond a handful of gospel albums.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0664232078
ISBN-13: 9780664232078
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Series: Gospel According to

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Since the early 1960s, music fans have found Bob Dylan's spirituality fascinating, and many of them have identified Dylan as a kind of spiritual guru. This book, written by a scholar who is a longtime fan, examines Dylan's mystique, asking why audiences respond to him as a spiritual guide. This book reveals Bob Dylan as a major twentieth- and twenty-first-century religious thinker with a body of relevant work that goes far beyond a handful of gospel albums.

Author Bio

Michael J. Gilmour is Associate Professor of New Testament and English Literature at Providence College in Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of Gods and Guitars: Seeking the Sacred in Post-1960s Popular Music and editor of Call Me the Seeker: Listening to Religion in Popular Music.

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in the audience shouted "Judas!" at the performer. Few musicians, however, have stayed as loyal to their vocation as Bob Dylan, according to Gilmour (Gods and Guitars), an associate professor of New Testament and English at Providence College in Manitoba, Canada. Gilmour has written much about rock music, and his perspective is always fresh and intelligent. Dylan is a fertile subject for theological analysis since the musician has never shied away from biblical and other religious imagery in his songs. The author states that listeners are going to bring to Dylan's songs their personal religious experience and find within Dylan the man and Dylan the musician what they desire to discover, including spiritual significance. The author digs into Dylan's life story and, as a true fan himself, captures the genuine love that fans hold for the music icon. Gilmour's approach to the subject transcends simplistic theological analysis of songs and does much to enhance the academic credibility of pop culture studies. Fans of Dylan and rock music in general will be pleased with this treatment of a living legend. (Feb.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"In the fifty years since Bob Dylan became Bob Dylan, his music has been asking hard questions--and finding powerful answers--about life, love, faith, and justice. Now Michael Gilmour faithfully listens to and thoughtfully writes about Dylan in a way that brings those powerful answers to life. {i>The Gospel according to Bob Dylan is a book for anyone who knows good music can teach us about what really matters." Greg Garrett, author of We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2 and The Other Jesus

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