1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing about

Joshua Clover (Author)

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
November 06, 2009
5.8 X 0.51 X 8.84 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Joshua Clover, Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis, is author of The Totality for Kids (UC Press), The Matrix, and Madonna anno domini.


"[It] is an academic book, but also one that fans of politics and pop culture would savor."--Carlo Wolff"Boston Globe" (01/07/2010)
"Music and politics, drugs and society prove to be eerily congruent, and Clover's tough analysis dismantles prevailing myths while revealing even stranger truths."--Luc Sante, author of Low Life"Mother Jones" (12/01/2009)
"[A] dense, provocative, wonderfully written little book. . . . Masterful."-- (02/01/2010)
"[An] extraordinary work of political aesthetics. . . . Clover is a gifted music writer, and his descriptions are vivid, surprising and politically sharp without ever being moralistic."-- (11/09/2009)
"Astute . . . [A] vivid snapshot of a tumultuous moment in pop and history."-- (11/01/2009)
"The book . . . makes a valuable contribution to the efforts of all those who believe in music's importance to our lives."-- (05/13/2011)
"Up close, Clover's analysis is interesting an occasionally brilliant. . . . Rich with historical and musical insight. . . . It's the smaller discoveries along the way that make 1989 worth your time."-- (12/01/2009)
"Clover is a deeply learned and hugely enthusiastic student of popular music; his readings of songs are astute, witty, and unflappable, and each works in a larger argument."--Bookslut (04/01/2010)
"Offers a powerful framework through which pop history can be explored."--Times Higher Ed Supp (Thes) (01/21/2010)
"Rewardingly ambitious. [Clover] writes with precision and loads of personality, weaving between global politics and musical genres (rave, hip-hop, grunge) with a fan's intensity."-- (12/16/2009)