Bob Dylan 9/27/22

The audiobook readers have been revealed for Bob Dylan‘s first new book in 18 years, titled, The Philosophy Of Modern Song, which will be published on November 8th. Simon & Schuster’s website posted the audiobook clocks in at seven hours, with Dylan himself reading, with Uncut reporting chapters being read by such heavyweights as Jeff BridgesSteve BuscemiJohn GoodmanOscar IsaacHelen MirrenRita MorenoSissy SpacekAlfre WoodardJeffrey Wright, and Renée Zellweger.

The Philosophy Of Modern Song features 60 essays featuring Dylan’s musings on other popular musicians — including Stephen FosterElvis CostelloHank Williams, and Nina Simone. Dylan has been working on the manuscript for the past decade.

According to the book’s official press release:

Bob Dylan analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song, and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal. These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose. They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny.

And while they are ostensibly about music, they are really meditations and reflections on the human condition. Running throughout the book are nearly 150 carefully curated photos as well as a series of dream-like riffs that, taken together, resemble an epic poem and add to the work’s transcendence.

During Martin Scorsese‘s 2005 Grammy Award-winning documentary, No Direction Home, Bob Dylan touched upon starting his long journey from his humble beginnings in Hibbing, Minnesota: [“I had ambitions to set out and find, like, an odyssey, goin’ home somewhere. (And) set out to find this home that I, I’d left a while back and couldn’t remember exactly where it was — but I was on my way there. And encountering what I encountered on the, on the way, was how I envisioned it all. I didn’t really have any ambition at all.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . ambition at all)


  • Bob Dylan has tapped Jeff BridgesSteve BuscemiJohn GoodmanHelen MirrenRita MorenoSissy Spacek, and Renée Zellweger, among others for the audiobook to his upcoming book, The Philosophy Of Modern Song.


The songs and artists Bob Dylan covers in The Philosophy Of Modern Song:

“Detroit City”
(Bobby Bare)
“Pump It Up”
(Elvis Costello & the Attractions)
“Without a Song”
(Frank Sinatra)
“Take Me From This Garden of Evil”

(Jimmy Wages)
“There Stands the Glass”
(Webb Pierce)
“Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me”
(Billy Joe Shaver)
“Tutti Frutti”

(Little Richard)
“Money Honey”
(Elvis Presley)
“My Generation”
(The Who)
“Jesse James”
(Harry McClintock)
“Poor Little Fool”
(Ricky Nelson)
“Pancho and Lefty”
(Townes Van Zandt)
“The Pretender”
(Jackson Browne)
“Mack the Knife”
(Bobby Darin)
“The Whiffenpoof Song”
(Rudy Vallee)
“You Don’t Know Me”

(Ray Charles)
“Ball of Confusion”
(The Temptations)
“Poison Love”
(Johnnie & Jack)
“Beyond the Sea”
(Bobby Darin)
“On the Road Again”
(Willie Nelson)
“If You Don’t Know Me by Now”
(Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
“The Little White Cloud That Cried”
(Johnnie Ray)
“El Paso”
(Marty Robbins)
“Nelly Was a Lady”
(Stephen Foster)
“Cheaper to Keep Her”
(Johnnie Taylor)
“I Got a Woman”
(Ray Charles)
“CIA Man”
(The Fugs)
“On The Street Where You Live”
(From “My Fair Lady”)
(The Grateful Dead)
“Ruby, Are You Mad?”
(The Osborne Brothers)
“Old Violin”
(Johnny Paycheck)
(Domenico Modugno)
“London Calling”
(The Clash)
“Your Cheatin’ Heart”
(Hank Williams)
“Blue Bayou”

(Roy Orbison)

“Midnight Rider”
(The Allman Brothers Band)

“Blue Suede Shoes”
(Carl Perkins)

“My Prayer”
(The Platters)

“Dirty Life and Times”
(Warren Zevon)

“Doesn’t Hurt Anymore”
(Regina Belle)

“Key to the Highway”
(Little Walter)

“Everybody Cryin’ Mercy”
(Mose Allison)

(Edwin Starr)

“Big River”
(Johnny Cash)

“Feel So Good”
(Shirley & Lee)

“Blue Moon”
(Elvis Presley)

“Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves”

“Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy”
(Uncle Dave Macon)

“It’s All in the Game”
(Tommy Edwards)

“A Certain Girl”
(Ernie K-Doe)

“I’ve Always Been Crazy”
(Waylon Jennings)

“Witchy Woman”

“Big Boss Man”
(Jimmy Reed)

“Long Tall Sally”
(Little Richard)

“Old and Only in the Way”
(Charlie Poole)

“Black Magic Woman”

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix”
(Glen Campbell)

“Come On-a My House”
(Rosemary Clooney)

“Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”
(Johnny Cash)

“Come Rain or Come Shine”
(Ray Charles)

“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
(Nina Simone)

“Strangers in the Night”
(Frank Sinatra)

“Viva Las Vegas”
(Elvis Presley)

“Saturday Night at the Movies”
(The Drifters)

“Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”
(Pete Seeger)

“Where or When”
(Dion and the Belmonts)