New Release Books by Larry David Smith

Larry David Smith is the author of Writing Dylan (2018), Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and the Torch Song Tradition (2004), Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and American Song (2002), Pete Townshend (1999) and , Cordial Concurrence (1991).

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Writing Dylan

release date: Nov 02, 2018
Writing Dylan
This study of Dylan's mission-driven music reveals a functional approach to art that not only sustained his 60-year career but forever changed an art form. * Offers an unprecedented presentation of Dylan's lyrics, unavailable elsewhere * Comprehensively studies Dylan's work in relation to the mission with which it is associated * Thoroughly analyzes all types of Dylan's art, including songs, movies, and poetry * Provides a unique narrative taxonomy of Dylan's songwriting * Presents Dylan's creative method as art by assembly

Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and the Torch Song Tradition

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and the Torch Song Tradition
Explores how the torch song tradition combined with the force of personality in two major singer-songwriters, examining their respective life's work and the ways in which they reflect the artists' similar and different outlooks on their world.

Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and American Song

release date: Oct 01, 2002
Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and American Song
Smith probes the songwriters' lives and work to reveal how two distinct, equally significant artists have learned from and contributed to an ongoing and important American musical tradition.

Pete Townshend

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Pete Townshend
Weaves through the various phases of Pete Townshend's career, highlighting his quest for complete artistic expression free from compromise or commercial agendas.

Cordial Concurrence

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Cordial Concurrence
The authors argue that the convention's primary function is not the nomination of the party standard-bearer, but the mobilization of party resources in support of a decision rendered elsewhere. They examine how these mobilization processes are coordinated through political, governmental, and media institutions--especially television.
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