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Political Science


Bob Dylan, popular culture, politics, freedom, justice, power, sin


Bob Dylan’s political worldview has remained essentially the same over six different decades and numerous private and public transformations. Whether he appeared as a New Left protest icon, rock music and Counterculture innovator, rural family man, Christian associated with the Jesus People, or cantankerous social critic distrustful of worldly leaders, Dylan’s notions of freedom and justice, power and sin, have tied all of these roles together.


Paper presented at the Ciceronian Society 2015 Annual Conference held on the campus of Mount Saint. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, March 12-14, 2015.

This paper is adapted from the new Palgrave Macmillan book The Political World of Bob Dylan: Freedom and Justice, Power and Sin by Jeff Taylor and Chad Israelson. © 2015. All rights reserved.