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Someone's Got A Hold Of My Book.

Byline: By Jenny Rees Western Mail

A book focusing on the work of 1960s singer-songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen will be launched in Cardiff next week - on the day Dylan plays a concert in the city.

Dylan and Cohen: Poets of Rock and Roll will be launched at Blackwell's University Bookshop, Cardiff, on Friday June 18.

The author, Prof David Boucher of the School of European Studies at Cardiff University, draws on his expertise in political thought and idealism, as well as a love of popular music, to produce a book to appeal to the general reader and academic audience.

'Both Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are icons of the Sixties and described as spokesmen of their generation,' said Professor Boucher.

'Both were described as poets and helped transform pop music into something more literary.

'Both singers went through significant transformations, and were regarded as traitors by their original followers. Many people suggest the radical shift in Dylan's music was from acoustic to electric, but I suggest it was the rejection of the communitarian, 'caring, sharing' folk tradition and the adoption of the radical individualistic and nihilistic culture of the Beat poets.'

Dylan and Cohen: Poets of Rock and Roll, by David Boucher, is published by Continuum books of New York at pounds 15.99. A discount applies on the night.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 11, 2004
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