RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49601868 LA English T1 Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and American song A1 Smith, Larry David., PB Praeger PP Westport, Conn. YR 2002 SN 027597393X 9780275973933 AB "Exposing the depth of two major artists' philosophies, creative visions, stylistic tendencies, and contributions to their craft, this unprecedented comparative analysis synthesizes biographical material, critical interpretation, and selected exemplars of the writers' work. Presenting Dylan as a songwriter of enigmatic wordplay and Springsteen as the melodramatic narrator of a specific community's life struggles, Smith reinterprets their work in a new and fascinating light." "Both songwriters have had unique responses to the celebrity singer/songwriter tradition begun by Woody Guthrie. Smith reveals the power of authorship and the creative drive necessary to negotiate an artistic vision through the complicated mechanisms of the world of commercial art. Both have discovered their own means of traveling this difficult terrain, and Smith probes their lives and work to reveal the myriad ways in which two distinct, equally significant artists have learned from and contributed to an ongoing and important American musical tradition."--Jacket.