Bob Dylan in America

Bob Dylan in America

eBook - 2010
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One of America's finest historians shows us how one of the country's greatest and most enduring artists still surprises and moves us after all these years. Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discovered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan's work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz's essays as "historian in residence" of Dylan's official website, this book is a unique blend of fact, interpretation, and affinity--a book that, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion warrants. Wilentz has had unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, rare photographs, and other materials, all of which allow him to tell Dylan's story and that of such masterpieces as Blonde on Blonde with authenticity and richness.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 390 p.) : ill

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BertBailey
Oct 02, 2012

I'm partial to the historical approach of this author to one of the key artists of our times. In many ways this is an instructive book that supports taking the wider angle of a historian to the subject, even though Wilentz does stray a bit often into neighbouring fields with dubious results. For instance, there's much scho:len detail about Blind Willie McTell, all for a song that he reckons is iconic - all to elucidate a few phrasing choices. Well, ok if you're serious about yr subject. Also spends dozens of pages to establish some recondite echoes between his career and Aaron Copland's. Some, on the other hand, such as his exam of the masterful 'Love and Theft,' is eminently worthwhile. More obscurantist stuff pads out this book, 'though not a word is truly boring. Also, much of it's intriguing, such as Dylan's links to the jazzy beat poets and the folksy, pro-union songster traditions - very different backdrops to his core. In all, a highly recommended read. In fact, one of the few *re-reads* in pop music biosketching I can recall!

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