New book makes the case that Bob Dylan has a great voice

In Columbia's studio
Bob Dylan in Columbia recording studio, circa 1961.
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A new book from the University of Minnesota Press explores many facets of Dylan's life and legacy. "Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan's Road from Minnesota to the World" touches on everything from Dylan's youth on Minnesota's Iron Range to his emergence as one of the most influential musicians in the world.

While most observers acknowledge that Dylan is an immensely-talented lyricist and composer, the thing that turns many listeners off is his voice. But in the new book, two music professors argue that if you listen closely you'll discover that Dylan is actually a very talented and versatile singer.

Sumanth Gopinath, who teaches Music Theory at the University of Minnesota, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Jim Bickal about how Dylan uses his voice in his music.

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