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The Gospel According to Bob Dylan

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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 ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published October 15th 2010)
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Brandon Montgomery
The author makes the claim that Dylan, not just after his conversion to Christian, but since the beginning of his recording career has used biblical themes, lines, or allusions in a careful, meaningful way. He presents this lyrics as something we should read into.

The Bible permeates western culture, as it has for centuries. A person may be irreligious, Hindu, Buddhist, (this can go on and on) and still have a surface knowledge of the ten commandments, the beatitudes, the so called "golden rule,
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Hansen Wendlandt
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
“My stuff were songs, you know? They weren’t sermons. If you examine the songs, I don’t believe you’re gonna find anything in there that I’m a spokesman for anybody or anything really.” Dylan, p 136

Spokesman or not, there is so much to say about Dylan’s spiritual commentary. Unfortunately, Michael Gilmour spends 160 pages not saying it. For some such reason, the majority of The Gospel According to Bob Dylan describes the theory of how to interpret music and verse, then defends the impossibility
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Wes F
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book that looked more closely than most at Dylan's references to and interactions with the Bible/Gospel and talked more about where he is spiritually. I liked it, though I had hoped for a little more insight than the author gave. Fact is, Dylan is a very private person--though a huge public figure--and he is not one who generally plows out a nice straight linear line in whatever he does. If you want to get a real good feel for how that works out--give Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. 1 a re ...more
Benjamin
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was a tad bit disappointed with the read. I was looking for more story than collections of facts and quotes. I wanted to hear more about Dylan's spiritual journey, which I did hear some of, but I suppose was anticipating hearing about it more like a story in a living room vs. a newspaper clipping collection.

It was a hard book to get into right away for me. Makes me want to read Chronicles 1 instead.
Garrett Cash
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
According to my past self I read this. I barely remember it, but I think it mostly talked about Dylan's use of Biblical imagery.
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