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Author Portelli, Alessandro, author.

Title Hard rain : Bob Dylan, oral cultures, and the meaning of history / Alessandro Portelli.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  780.92 Dylan,B POR    DUE 03-29-23
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Description 192 pages ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
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Series The Columbia oral history series
Columbia oral history series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction. Memory, Voice, and the Global Bob Dylan -- Songs of Innocence and Experience -- The text and the voice -- Talking Atomic Blues -- Which way history? -- Appendix. History's lessons unlearned -- Appendix 2. Lyrics.
Summary "Hard Rain is an exploration of how oral culture and the ballad tradition shaped Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan's 1962 classic "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall." The song was written at the apex of the folk music revival and harkens back to the British traditional ballad "Lord Randal" and the 17th-century Italian ballad "Il testemento dell'avvelenato." Its theme is relevant to the post-nuclear nightmares and youth movements of the 1960s, prefiguring contemporary concerns about environmental crisis, racism, and mass migrations. Alessandro Portelli demonstrates how Dylan was able to use the folk tradition of the ballad combined with a modern sensibility to creatively question the meaning and direction of history. Will the future bring liberation or disaster? It is up to us"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Dylan, Bob, 1941- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dylan, Bob, 1941-. Hard rain's a-gonna fall.
Folk songs -- History and criticism.
Ballads -- History and criticism.
Music and history.
Lord Randal.
ISBN 9780231205924 hardcover
0231205929 hardcover
9780231205931 paperback
0231205937 paperback

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