Hans Verhees | A Different Country. ‘The Old, Weird America’ on Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes (Masterclass)

Written by on October 5th, 2014 // Filed under 22.2 Queer Studies

Abstract

This article looks at how a different world, a mythical version
of America, is created on Bob Dylan’s 1975 album The Basement
Tapes by reflecting on Rolling Stone-critic Greil Marcus’ ideas on ‘The Old-Weird America’. Using the Romantic idea of mythology and the Transcendentalist poetics of Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson as a theoretical backdrop and the Anthology of American Folk Music as a template, it tries to find a different America in the songs on The Basement Tapes.

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