Matrices of ‘Love and theft’: Joan Baez imitates Bob Dylan

Haddon, Mimi (2021) Matrices of ‘Love and theft’: Joan Baez imitates Bob Dylan. Twentieth-Century Music. pp. 1-31. ISSN 1478-5730

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This article uses Joan Baez's impersonations of Bob Dylan from the mid-1960s to the beginning of the twenty-first century as performances where multiple fields of complementary discourse converge. The article is organized in three parts. The first part addresses the musical details of Baez's acts of mimicry and their uncanny ability to summon Dylan's predecessors. The second considers mimicry in the context of identity, specifically race and asymmetrical power relations in the history of American popular music. The third and final section analyses her imitations in the context of gender and reproductive labour, focusing on the way various media have shaped her persona and her relationship to Dylan. The article engages critical theoretical work informed by psychoanalysis, post-colonial theory, and Marxist feminism.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
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Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 08:37
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