Bob Dylan will discuss the songwriting craft through the lens of other musicians’ compositions in a new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song. The book, out November 8th via Simon & Schuster, will mark the legendary singer-songwriter’s first book since his 2004 memoirs Chronicles, Volume One.

The Philosophy of Modern Song will contain 60 essays of Dylan examining songs from Stephen Foster, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams, Nina Simone, and more. In addition to his essays, the book hosts 150 curated photos, and “dream-like riffs that, taken together, resemble an epic poem.”

“[Dylan] analyzes what he calls the trap of easy rhymes, breaks down how the addition of a single syllable can diminish a song, and even explains how bluegrass relates to heavy metal. These essays are written in Dylan’s unique prose,” a description of the book reads. “They are mysterious and mercurial, poignant and profound, and often laugh-out-loud funny. And while they are ostensibly about music, they are really meditations and reflections on the human condition.”

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Dylan has reportedly been working on The Philosophy of Modern Song since 2010. The 80-year-old Nobel laureate reportedly signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster in 2011, as the ever-elusive second volume of Chronicles is still blowing in the wind.

Bob Dylan recently returned to the road on his Rough And Rowdy Ways tour. His next show is on March 10th at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX. For tickets and a full list of tour dates visit his website. Click here to pre-order The Philosophy of Modern Song.