Chimes of Freedom
Bob Dylan and the Sixties
5.5 x 8.5 inches, xiv + 378pp. 2005
ISBN : 9788170461968
Rs 395.00 (PB)
Dylan has burrowed into our flesh and lodged in our minds . . . his words, images, tunes have been swimming through my head, rising up from the depths at unexpected moments. The electric violin on desolation row. The pill box hat that balances on her head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine. Breadcrumb sins . . . the ghost of electricity howling in the bones of her face. The orphan crying like a fire in the sun. Her amaican um and how she did come. The hard rain forever falling. The answer forever blowin’. . .' Chimes of Freedom tells the story of an irascible individual artist in a period of great social upheaval, a mass movement for social change—and the complex, often tortured relationship between the two. Re-establishing Dylan’s sixties’ master works in their historical context, the book sheds new light on both the songs and the era that produced them.
Mike Marqusee is a London-based writer whose ground-breaking books on the politics of popular culture have won acclaim on three continents. Born and rasied in the U.S.A., he has lived in Britain since 1971. His previous book, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, was voted one of 'Twenty Five Books to Remember' from 1999 by the New York Public Library. He has written extensively on cricket, especially south Asian cricket, and currently writes a regular column in The Hindu.