The Philosophy of Modern Song: Dylan riffs on universal truths in favourite music

Bob Dylan gets right inside the songs in this all-encompassing series of essays on tracks by artists from Elvis to Judy Garland

Bob Dylan: new book is a collection of 66 short essays on tracks by other artists who Dylan loves

Asked in 1965 whether he considered himself primarily a singer or a poet, Bob Dylan famously said he was more of “a song and dance man”. Within four months, Dylan had released two albums – Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited – that reset the co-ordinates of rock music. The media and his fans insisted on being told more about the relationship between this enigmatic, so-called spokesman for a generation and his ...