According to the publisher, Dylan began writing this book in 2010, and it includes more than 60 essays, touching on artists such as Hank Williams and Nina Simone, as well as the art of songwriting.
“The release of Bob Dylan’s brilliant and kaleidoscopic oeuvre will be an international celebration of the songs of one of the greatest artists of our time,” Jonathan Karp, director of Simon and Schuster, said in a statement.
“‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’ could only have been written by Bob Dylan. His voice is unique, and his work conveys his deep appreciation and understanding of songs, the people who bring those songs to life, and what songs mean to all of us,” the statement added.
To those unfamiliar, Dylan is often considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He was a major figure in popular culture over a 60-year career. Much of his most famous work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963) and “The Times They Are a-Changin’ (1964) became anthems for civil rights. and anti-war movements. His lyrics during this period incorporated a range of political, social, philosophical and literary influences, challenging pop music conventions and appealing to the burgeoning counterculture. Dylan notably won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 “for creating new poetic expressions in the great tradition of American song”.
Meanwhile, Dylan is currently battling a lawsuit that alleges he groomed and sexually abused a woman, named JC when she was 12. His legal team denied the allegations, calling the lawsuit a “brazen circumvention…false, malicious, reckless and defamatory.”