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Relationships of Ownership: Art and Theft in Bob Dylan's 1960s Trilogy

Rodgers, Michael (2012). Relationships of Ownership: Art and Theft in Bob Dylan's 1960s Trilogy. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 3(1) pp. 17–29.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.stealimage.3-1.5
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Abstract

Bob Dylan's corpus is one continually engaged with appropriation and pilfering. This paper will look, predominantly, at three songs from his 1960s trilogy - She Belongs To Me' from Bringing It All Back Home (1965), 'Visions of Johanna' from Blonde on Blonde (1966), and 'Desolation Row' from Highway 61 Revisited (1965) - arguing that, in these songs, Dylan problematizes the interrelationship between art, theft, and ownership. I argue that, similar to the urban artist Banksy, Dylan challenges, toys with, and appropriates cultural images in order to continually question the concept of proprietorship whilst rescuing cultural images from esoterica and attempting to put them back into the public domain.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1918-8439
Keywords: Bob Dylan; proprietorship; concepts of ownership; property rights
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 55176
Depositing User: Michael Rodgers
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 12:49
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55176
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