One Picture for Each Page: An Illustrated Gravity´s Rainbow features the work of an Ivy League-educated, punk-rock, porn-star visual artist who has created a drawing for every page of a novel that is widely considered to be the most difficult work of literature ever produced in English.
Essay from the year 2015 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Institut für Anglistik), course: Bob Dylan, language: English, abstract: It is beyond doubt that Bob Dylan is one of the most important and influential persons of 20th century popular music. His many songs are loved and renowned for their extraordinariness in terms of the lyrics, which are often ascribed a very high literary quality. Dylan has repeatedly been said to be one of the few persons who are able to combine music with poetry. Dylans song Like a Rolling Stone, recorded in 1965, certainly belongs to his most important pieces of work. It has been covered by countless artists such as Dylans contemporaries Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, but also by much younger and newer artists like for example Green Day, a British 1990s and 2000s punkrock band. Another indicator for the quality and reputation of the song is the fact that the Rolling Stone - one of the worlds most influential music magazines - voted it the best song ever in 2004. The enormous popularity of the song is said to have several reasons; one of them surely is the fact that Like a Rolling Stone, respectively the album Highway 61 Revisited, marked a significant change in Dylans music and career, moving away from the previously dominant folk music towards RnB and rock music. This essay will concentrate on the lyrics of the song. There will be a close and detailed analysis of the most important passages of the song (mainly the chorus) with regard to their supposed meanings and implication. However, Dylans lyrics usually tend to be very ambiguous and thus allow more than one right or true interpretation. This, of course, will be taken into account during the analysis. Another important element in Dylans songtexts which can also be refound in Like a Rolling Stone is intertextuality; as a consequence, the lyrics of the song will be also put into context with Jack Kerouacs novel On The Road from 1957. At the end of this paper, there will be a short conclusion that sums up the previous analysis.