Living, Breathing Songs: Singing Along With Bob Dylan

Negus, Keith. 2007. Living, Breathing Songs: Singing Along With Bob Dylan. Oral Tradition, 22(1), pp. 71-83. ISSN 0883-5365 [Article]

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Resonances and retentions of a living oral tradition are activated each
night when Bob Dylan performs in concert and are continually renewed and referenced in his vocalizing and in the breath of the audiences who sing with him. In some respects, Bob Dylan might not seem to be the most obvious artist to sing along with—after all, he is not usually perceived as someone who goes out on stage to entertain and engage in dialogue with a crowd. Yet in other respects he is heir to the legacies of social, communal, and ritual music-making that refracts from contemporary pop and rock back to folk and blues, street-sung broadsides and work songs, the melodic observations of medieval troubadours, and the sacred rhythms of Christianity and Judaism. Popular song works at the intersection of speech and singing, the elevated and the mundane. Song begins where talk becomes music, where the ordinary becomes special.

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Music > Popular Music Research Unit



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29 Apr 2013 10:30

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29 Apr 2020 15:50

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