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The Monk's Record Player
Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966

Robert Hudson
Foreword by David Dalton
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/14/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7520-4
263 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6" x 9"
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The story of a monk, a minstrel, and the music that brought them together

In 1965 Thomas Merton fulfilled a twenty-four-year-old dream and went to live as a hermit beyond the walls of his Trappist monastery. Seven months later, after a secret romance with a woman half his age, he was in danger of losing it all. Yet on the very day that his abbot uncovered the affair, Merton found solace in an unlikely place—the songs of Bob Dylan, who, as fate would have it, was experiencing his own personal and creative crises during the summer of 1966.

In this parallel biography of two countercultural icons, Robert Hudson plumbs the depths of Dylan’s influence on Merton’s life and poetry, recounts each man’s interactions with the woman who linked them together—Joan Baez—and shows how each transcended his immediate troubles and went on to new heights of spiritual and artistic genius. Readers will discover in this compelling book a story of creativity and crisis, burnout and redemp­tion, in the tumultuous era of 1960s America.

Publishers Weekly
“Hudson weaves a fun tale of cross-cultural influence in this exploration of Bob Dylan’s influence on Thomas Merton.”
"There are many books about Merton already, but Robert Hudson, merging his fascinations with Merton and Dylan, writes so limpidly that shelf room just must be made for this one."
Christian Market
"Hudson informs and enthralls readers. . . . This book is a profound meditation of apparent contradictions. Any adult interested in U.S. history and culture, religion, philosophy, art, literature, or music will enjoy this well-written and very readable book."
Library Journal
"Fascinating. . . . While Nobel Prize winner Dylan has always maintained a distinct celebrity, Merton's renown has dimmed somewhat, and it's nice to see this crusader for world peace introduced to a new generation of readers in such an intriguing way."