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S01.14 Reviewers Roundtable - Bob Dylan's The Philosophy of Modern Song


11/08/22 • 43 min

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Five respected music writers - each with recent reviews of Bob Dylan's new book - joined us to share their thoughts and discuss the contents of this incredible work. Our panel includes Anne Margaret Daniel, Seth Rogovoy, Allison Rapp, David Yaffe, and David Hajdu (Bio's below).

They share their favorite entries from the book, the songs they’re listening to differently now, their views on Dylan’s writing style , and the ever-present question of who helped or worked with Bob on the project came up more than once.


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Order Dylan's The Philosophy of Modern Song (Amazon)

Panelist Biographies and Links:

  • Anne Margaret Daniel teaches at the New School University in New York City and at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. Her essays on literature, music (often Bob Dylan), books, and culture have appeared for the past twenty-five years in books, critical editions, magazines, and journals including The New York Times, Hot Press, The Spectator, and The Times Literary Supplement. Anne Margaret has degrees from Harvard (A.B.), Georgetown (M.A.), University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.) and Princeton (Ph.D). - Website:
  • Seth Rogovoy is the author of Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet (Scribner, 2009), The Essential Klezmer (Algonquin, 2000), and the upcoming Within You WIthout You: Listening to George Harrison (Oxford Univ. Press, fall 2023). Seth is a contributing editor at The Forward and produces a Substack newsletter, Everything Is Broken. Seth lives in Hudson, N.Y. - Website - Review
  • Allison Rapp is a music and culture journalist based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Rock Cellar, City Limits, and more. She currently works as an assistant editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. - Website - Review
  • David Yaffe is a professor of humanities at Syracuse, and the author of Fascinating Rhythm (Princeton), Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Yale) and Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell (FSG), winner of the ASCAP Virgil Thomson/Deems Taylor award, a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, and has been translated into five languages. He has been a frequent contributor for Air Mail since 2021, and has written for many other publications, including The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, The Nation, Slate, and The New York Times. He is at work on a book about Leonard Cohen. - Website - Review
  • David Hajdu is the music critic for The Nation and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining The Nation in January 2015, he served for more than 10 years as the music critic for The New Republic. He is the author of 8 books including Positively 4th Street, The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan,Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. David currently serves on the National Council on the Humanities. - Website - Review

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