1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About
Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About
by Joshua Clover
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It comes as a surprise that Joshua Clover, a poet who teaches critical theory at UC Davis, begins his new book about pop music with a sympathetic meditation on political philosopher Francis Fukuyama. In 1989, Fukuyama responded to the death rattles of Soviet Communism with the now-legendary essay "The End of History?" His question mark was disingenuous; Fukuyama was sure of it. Taking an intellectual victory lap on behalf of the emerging world order, he wrote, "We have trouble imagining a world that is radically better than our own, or a future that is not essentially democratic and capitalist." That sense of history as a movement—the low rumble of what's to come that had characterized so much of the twentieth century—was gone.
Clover's 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About is an effort to see that idea
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