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Dylan and Cohen

Poets of Rock and Roll

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Dylan and Cohen by David Boucher
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Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are widely acknowledged as the great pop poets of the 1960s, transforming the popular song into a medium for questioning the personal, social and political norms of their times. They emerge at a time when the music industry was moulding and packaging the revolutionary sound of black music into something bland, homogenous and fit for mass consumption, when populist politics had come to the fore with a serious division emerging between the values of young and old. For many disorientated and disillusioned members of this generation, Dylan and Cohen were able to articulate what they were feeling and could not express: Dylan the anti-establishment anger, Cohen the angst and despondency. Dylan and Cohen is a fascinating political, psychological and artistic profile of two iconic writers and performers. With reference to both biographical details and lyrics, David Boucher explores their similarities and differences, tracing the development of religious, political and social themes in their work and the ways in which those ideas engaged a new audience. He also looks at their poetic influences, using aesthetic ideas from Lorca, Collingwood and others to delve mor

Author Biography

David Boucher is Professorial Fellow in the School of European Studies, Cardiff University. His books include Political Theories of International Relations (Oxford University Press 1998); and British Idealism and Political Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2000).
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1, black & white illustrations
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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