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 Post subject: Must-own Dylan books?
PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 00:44 GMT 

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Hey gang!

I've been looking around for a listing of must-own Bob books and figured I'd ask you all. I have a few dozen but would always like to get more. So the question is: what are your favorite Bob books? Being a collector I love reference books, but I also enjoy getting wrapped up in something like Suze's "A Freewheelin' Time".

Your thoughts are most appreciated!
Scott


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 00:55 GMT 
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I don't know about must-own, but these are my favorites:

The Paul Williams Performing Artist books (focuses on the music. Honest, intuitive responses from someone who clearly loves Dylan yet much more level-headed than he's given credit for)
Behind the Shades (my favorite bio, I guess. Lots of first-hand accounts)
No Direction Home (mainly for a riveting chapter in the middle of the book which contains an interview with Dylan during a flight)
I enjoy flipping through the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia while on the can.


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 01:01 GMT 

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Go buy The Essential Interviews.


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 01:03 GMT 
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Greetings Sire, Henim has one book of heavenliness products entitled, "Bob Dylan: A Retrospective" edited by a Mr. Craig McGregor. It seems of a reference reviewing Bob from his eponymous self-titled Album through Greatest Hits, Vol. II. It suffices myself because it is contained with newspaper articles and essays that seem reclusive on the Internets.

Here is un grande excerpt from the Book, of an interview intended for Bob conducted by Bob
(an improvised instantaneous parody of the questions that had stifled him):

Dylan: "How long is it since you saw your mother?"

Dylan: "About three months."

Dylan: "Why don't you see her more often? Doesn't she approve of your music?"

Dylan: "Well, my mother doesn't approve of it but my grandmother does."

Dylan: "I see you've got about twelve people there with you: what's that, a band? Don't you play pure music any longer?"

Dylan: "No, man, that's not a band with me. They're all friends of my grandmother..."


Gracias,

Henimdoesnotlcaretoread...itisanimperative


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 09:08 GMT 
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Anything by Paul Williams, Michael Gray.... Derek Barker's Songs That He Didn't Write. Positively 4th Street by David Hajdu, about Bob, Joan, Richard and Mimi. Rolling Thunder Logbook and On The Road With Bob Dylan, both on the first part of the Rolling Thunder Revue.


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 15:07 GMT 
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Johanna Moore wrote:
Anything by Paul Williams, Michael Gray.... Derek Barker's Songs That He Didn't Write. [img]Positively%204th%20Street[/img] by David Hajdu, about Bob, Joan, Richard and Mimi. Rolling Thunder Logbook and On The Road With Bob Dylan, both on the first part of the Rolling Thunder Revue.


I really like Positively 4th st by Hajdu as well. I recommend that and the Complete Recording sessions by Clinton Heylin.


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 15:25 GMT 
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Looking forward to reading Heylin's new one (Revolution In The Air) when back from the tour. Anybody read his Dylan's Daemon Lover?


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 16:03 GMT 
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Recommanded as before and

- Bob Dylan: Chronicles 1 ;-)
- Howard Sounes: Down The Highway (bio with some new infos)
- John Bauldie: Wanted Man (interviews with friends, girlfriends, band-members...)
- Anthony Scaduto: Dylan (bio)

For German readers

- Gottfried Blumenstein: Bob Dylan Mr. Tambourine Man
- Heinrich Detering: Bob Dylan


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PostPosted: Thu March 12th, 2009, 16:50 GMT 
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The one book I realy didn't care for is/was Michael Gray's "Song and Dance Man." It seems like a giant exercise in taking all of the joy out of listening to Bob's music.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 05:24 GMT 

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Paul Williams, oui. Michael Gray, non.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 05:31 GMT 
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When my uncle died, I found this book in his bedroom. I like it a lot.

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He also had a newspaper clipping in the book from March 22, 1991 about Emilia Caruana who was awarded $100 thousand because a newspaper article depicted her as being Bob's sex slave.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 06:28 GMT 
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Behind the Shades is probably the best I've read. Didn't like Down the Highway too much - seemed a little trashy to me.

Saw Song and Dance Man in a book shop last week for an exorbitant price, but was thinking of getting it. Glad I didn't after some of the comments here. It did look like a very involved book, with references upon references.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 09:20 GMT 
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S&DM is quite academic, but I thought it well worth reading. It'll keep you busy for some time and it's worth the chapters on the blues and nursery rhymes alone. I recently re-read part of it a couple of years after the first go, and it was all new.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 12:36 GMT 
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One could build a small library with books about Bob Dylan. In the two bookstores in my rural area, the chain store always has books about Bob. One time I counted 18. However, my college bookstore only had one, the song book. I was surprised by that.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 12:40 GMT 
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Having just received it from the wonderful people at the Book Depository, I would add "Songs He Didn't Write" to the essential list.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 13:02 GMT 
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The Essential Interviews


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 13:10 GMT 
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If you live near a "Works" book shop, they are now selling for £2.99 - essential !!!


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 13:35 GMT 

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What about the Greil Marcus book about making Like a Rolling Stone? That any good?


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 14:02 GMT 
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To me Chronicles is the best...for what it says...and what it doesn't say...

Fun reading. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 14:39 GMT 

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Harry Truman wrote:
The one book I realy didn't care for is/was Michael Gray's "Song and Dance Man." It seems like a giant exercise in taking all of the joy out of listening to Bob's music.

Huh. It did just the opposite for me. Fantastic insight into the lyrics. I agree that the blues chapter was great.

I have heard so-so things about the book on the recording of BOTT, but I am curious about it.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 14:54 GMT 
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Like the Night - The Road to the Manchester Free Trade Hall by C.P. Lee is one of my favourites both in terms of Dylan but also in terms of painting a really good picture of Britain in the mid-1960s. Behind The Shades is probably the best of the biographies and Highway 61 Revisited by by Colin Irwin and Paul Du Noyer is a great book about how that album was recorded. I've found the likes of Song & Dance Man and Visions of Sin a bit too academic and as a previous poster has stated, drains all the life from the songs. Dylan by Mojo Magazine is a great coffee table book and The Rough Guide is a good one to keep in the loo for curious guests. Then of course there is Chronicles which is the best 'autobiography' since Gore Vidal's Palimpsest.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 18:11 GMT 
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The BOTT book (A Simple Twist Of Fate) was definitely interesting, don't recall much about the LARS one, though there must be something to it. Fully agreed that Songs That He Didn't Write is essential reading.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 18:42 GMT 
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Bio's by Heylin, Sounes, Scaduto and off course the first one by Ribakove.
Reference: Olof's files, Tangled by Dundas, the new Derek Barker book, Gray's Encyclopedia, Behind closed doors.
Chronicles and Tarantula off course.
Everything by Paul Williams.
The never ending star by Marshall is very good.
Essential interviews and Younger than that now
Million dollar bash by Griffith
2 books with articles from the Telegraph, 2 books with articles from Isis.
Tangled up in the bible.
Rolling thunder logbook, on the road with Bob Dylan.
C.P. Lee's book about 17/5/1966
Razor's edge by Muir.
etc. etc.


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 18:48 GMT 
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John B. Stetson wrote:
I enjoy flipping through the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia while on the can.


TMI!!! :evil: :lol: The only one you HAVE TO HAVE is Chronicles. Honorable mention to Paul Williams Performing Artist Series, No Direction Home(best bio IMO)


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PostPosted: Fri March 13th, 2009, 21:23 GMT 
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Behind the Shades

Song and Dance Man

The Paul Williams Performing Artist series


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