You Can All Live With Me And A Host Of Other Fine People On Montague Street

I’m happy to announce that the inaugural issue of a new print journal devoted to the work of Bob Dylan is now available for public consumption. Montague Street will be published semi-annually, and, in the words of its editors:

Our commitment is to soliciting critiques and examinations of Dylan’s work that can enjoy a respectable shelf-life and provoke lively discussions in the here and now.

The editors realize that competing with the indispensable resources Derek Barker provides in Isis, or the up-to-the-minute newsgathering of Expecting Rain is futile. It’s been a while since a strong print journal on Dylan has been up and running in the US, and the editors hope to fill that hole. Each issue will feature an assembly of writings on a theme as well as separate pieces on a variety of topics. Issue One features Oh Mercy as the theme, to honor the 20th anniversary of the album’s release, as well as a close reading of Masked and Anonymous, an interview with two New Yorkers who have provided invaluable service to generations of Dylan audiences, and other pieces. Contributors to this issue include notable Dylan writers Stephen Scobie, Lee Marshall, John Hinchey, and  Andrew Muir, as well as strong new voices, bound quite handsomely . You can read more about Montague Street, and order a copy if you like: http://www.montaguestreetjournal.com/ (this URL may work better if you copy and paste instead of clicking–thank you, and sorry for the nuisance, am working on it)

I know a lot about this because I’m one of the editors. I am especially happy with the name of the journal, since I grew up about 10 blocks from the Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, New York, featured in photos on the cover and inside the journal (taken by our gifted art director, Jesse Tobin). Is this the street from which stairs lead to a basement? We do not presume to answer.

Discovering how many excellent people come flying out of the woodwork when you invite them to donate their time and energy to writing about Bob Dylan was probably the greatest pleasure of the many hundred hours of work this project demanded. Now is the best part, though, getting feedback and responses from more good people we haven’t met yet,  and starting and nourishing conversations worth having.

The people responsible for Montague Street:

Nina Goss and Lucas Stensland: Editors

Jesse Tobin: Art Director

Charles Haeussler: Business Manager

Visit Montague Street if you’re interested, and let us know what you think.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “You Can All Live With Me And A Host Of Other Fine People On Montague Street

  1. Pingback: RonRosenbaum.com » Best New Dylan Magazine

    • I don’t know if it’s proper blogiquette to thank Ron Rosenbaum for his kind mention here, but I will stick with conventional etiquette and thank him. His own writing is a model for me of scrupulous thinking out loud: he can work through an idea, questioning his own relation to his topic while instructing his reader and being honorable with sources. It is nearly impossible today to put across the quality of intelligent self-examination in the light of other ideas, and anyone who wants to see that this is possible should read Ron Rosenbaum’s Slate columns, or his blog, or his books.

  2. I am keenly awaiting the arrival of the magazine and if it is as good as your thoughts here it will be a a very interesting and thought provoking read.

  3. Thank you very much for the nice comment, and I hope you find a number of voices in the journal who do justice to your expectations. Remember I am eager for any comments and responses and constructive suggestions on the journal, here at gardenerisgone or via email to gardenerisgone@gmail.com. I am also looking for strong writing, please don’t hesitate to contact me with proposals and abstracts.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s