Dylan Review


An open access journal publishing peer-reviewed articles, reviews, opinion pieces and editorials.

Dylan Review was founded to provide a forum for rigorous intellectual exploration of Bob Dylan’s art. The journal publishes peer-reviewed critical articles, invited reviews and review essays, as well as opinion pieces, editorials, and a regular column. The editors’ founding premise is that Dylan is a singular American artist whose songs, performances, and other art have continued to challenge fundamental values and institutions for a half century…

Current issue

Vol. 3.1

Summer 2021


This issue kicks off with a forum of top Dylan scholars considering Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday and the question, Is this a significant juncture? Find responses from Anne-Marie Mai, Timothy Hampton, Alessandro Portelli, Michael Gray, Alessandro Carrera, Andrew Muir, and John Hughes. In our reviews section, David Thurmaeir takes a look at Bob Dylan, 1970, while Christopher Rollason surveys the recent collection inspired by the 2019 World of Bob Dylan Conference. Michele Ulise Lipparini files two reviews–one for Bob Dylan in Hell, the other for Bob Dylan, pioggia e veleno, and John Serembus thinks through the logic of Decoding Dylan. The Dylanista provides another take on this juncture in Dylan studies–the need for an annotated lyrics–while the occasion inspires a sonnet from Jacqueline Osherow. Two articles grace our pages. The first is a thoughtful comparison from Jim Salvucci between Dylan’s “Key West” and Wallace Stevens’s Florida poems. The second is a detailed look at Hal Lindsey’s influence on Dylan’s eschatology. In the Song Corner, Sarah Gates examines the psychedelic irony in “Gates of Eden.” And finally, we have a letter–our first!–from Spencer Leigh in response to last issue’s review of his book.



The Dylan Review is a non-profit, open-access journal.

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The suggested donation is $15 per issue to cover operational costs, though donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. All contributions may be tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law as advised by a tax professional. Funds in excess of operational costs will be used to sponsor activities such as workshops, invited lectures and exhibitions pertaining to Dylan’s art.

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