Trinh Cong Son and Bob Dylan: Essays on Songwriting, Love, War and Religion

By John C. Schafer

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In this accessible deep-dive into the careers of Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan, Schafer retells countless colorful stories from the two artists’ lives drawn from a wide range of Vietnamese and English-language sources. Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan evaluates the relationship between two of the 20th century’s most beloved and essential songwriters, in the process illuminating Vietnamese and American views on spirituality, romance, philosophy, identity, and conflict.

Readers will find English translations of Trịnh Công Sơn’s essays and lyrics by Cao Thị Như Quỳnh, many here in translation for the very first time.

Schafer critically examines the singers’ lifestyles, relationships, and public statements, meticulously collecting primary and secondary sources into a handy reader of 20th century global literary culture. Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan is an essential read for fans of Bob Dylan and Trịnh Công Sơn, and a substantive addition to the libraries of comparative literature scholars.



Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2023


Trinh Cong Son, Bob Dylan., Vietnam, Music, Poetry, Vietnamese, biography


Music Practice | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies

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Schafer, John C.. Trịnh Công Sơn and Bob Dylan: Essays on Songwriting, Love, War and Religion. Humboldt State University Press, 2023.

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