Bob Dylan announced a new book, The Philosophy of Modern Songwhich will be released on November 8.
The book, which Dylan began working on in 2010, contains more than 60 essays that examine songs by songwriters like Stephen Foster, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams and Nina Simone. According to a press release, the book “offers a masterclass in the art and craft of songwriting.”
This is Dylan’s first post since 2004. Chronicles: Volume 1.
“[Dylan] analyzes what he calls the easy rhyme trap, breaks down how adding a single syllable can diminish a song, and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal,” the press release notes. “These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often funny. And even if they are ostensibly about music, they are really meditations and reflections on the human condition.”
The book also includes more than 100 photos and “dream riffs”.
“The publication of the brilliant and kaleidoscopic work of Bob Dylan will be an international celebration of the songs of one of the greatest artists of our time,” said Jonathan Karp, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster. “The Philosophy of Modern Song could only be written by Bob Dylan. Her voice is unique and her work conveys her deep appreciation and understanding of the songs, the people who bring those songs to life, and what the songs mean to all of us.
Dylan is currently performing on the second leg of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour.
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