Cambridge University Press has acquired the first dual biography of Bob Dylan and John Lennon, from Jon Stewart, guitarist for British bands Sleeper and The Wedding Present.
Kate Brett, commissioning editor for music, acquired world rights direct from the author, who is also a course leader at BIMM Institute in Brighton. Dylan, Lennon, Marx and God will publish in November 2021.
Described as “the first in-depth comparative study of two of the most iconic figures in pop music history”, the book explores Dylan’s and Lennon’s place within the political and social movements of their time. It discusses their relationship, politics, appreciation of history and spirituality to show how each artist challenged convention and asked profound questions about what it means to be human. It also offers a new explanation for the differences in Lennon’s and Dylan’s approaches to protest music and discusses a “lost” co-written song that never existed but that can now be heard on Spotify.
Brett said: “Dylan, Lennon, Marx and God is an illuminating and ground-breaking biography that offers new insights into the creative thinking of popular music’s two most influential songwriters. We’re delighted to be publishing the book.”
Stewart commented: “Researching and teaching popular music is my passion, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be published by Cambridge University Press. I’m really proud of the book, which is the first dual biography of these two artists. It’s a scholarly but accessible work that offers something new for any fan of Bob Dylan or John Lennon and will also, I hope, appeal to a much wider readership.”