by Michael Karwowski
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Pub Date 24 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2022
Playwright Harold Pinter, singer-songwriters Bob Dylan, David Gray, and Ian Curtis, of 1970s band Joy Division, would appear to have little in common as artists. But delve beneath the surface and amazing similarities suddenly reveal themselves.
The form of their work might differ, yet the content is remarkably consistent. Who would have thought, for instance, that that quintessential Pinter play, The Caretaker, and Dylan song “Visions of Johanna” deal with the same subject? Similarly, Dylan, Curtis and Gray all describe a similar spiritual journey in their song-writing, however different their songs might appear on a first hearing.
Artists, in fact, shows how the artists featured in this book all have the same mind-set, one that’s not new - Shakespeare shared it, too - but one which is spreading fast in the modern world. This is a must-read for any fan who is interested in seeing the meaning behind the words, any words, of a great artist.