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PostPosted: Tue October 10th, 2017, 12:47 GMT 

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Anr Bjotk wrote:
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There is no comparison whatsoever: Shelton's book has stood the test of time and remains the best biography, by far; the Sounes book is of course much more recent, but it cannot hold a candle to Shelton's.


How far does Shelton's book go though? And how would you compare Shelton and Ian Bell's books?


I enjoyed both of Ian Bell's books, but Shelton has a lot of strengths most subsequent biographers lack. yes, his book ends when it ends, but in terms of covering Dylan up to that point, it has not been surpassed or equalled. Bell's first volume is enjoyable, I liked it, but it's a bit scattershot; one of its best features is the way Bell writes about the earlier periods with the benefit of today's hindsight. The second Bell volume is the best I've read about renaissance Dylan (i.e. TOOM onwards).


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PostPosted: Tue October 10th, 2017, 15:46 GMT 
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FieldingMellish wrote:

I enjoyed both of Ian Bell's books, but Shelton has a lot of strengths most subsequent biographers lack. yes, his book ends when it ends, but in terms of covering Dylan up to that point, it has not been surpassed or equalled. Bell's first volume is enjoyable, I liked it, but it's a bit scattershot; one of its best features is the way Bell writes about the earlier periods with the benefit of today's hindsight. The second Bell volume is the best I've read about renaissance Dylan (i.e. TOOM onwards).


Thanks. I know I'll be tarred and feathered for saying it, I've never had much interest in info on Bob pre-66. That's why I haven't even considered Bells first book.


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PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 06:18 GMT 
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Has anyone read Al Kooper's 'Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards' and know how much Bob is mentioned?


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PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 08:46 GMT 
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Anr Bjotk wrote:
Has anyone read Al Kooper's 'Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards' and know how much Bob is mentioned?

Al Kooper wrote his Autobiography?! I want it!!


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PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 10:11 GMT 

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FieldingMellish wrote:
tyke wrote:
[quote="Anr Bjotk"]Robert Shelton's No Direction Home vs. Howard Sounes Down the Highway. Two books enter... one book leaves. A battle to the death. Da-da-dum!

What I'm saying is: Which of these two is better?


Which is better for someone who wants to read a few books about Dylan? Robert Shelton's book is not the best written, it fades away after 1966, but for the five years before that, he was there and his book has a certain immediacy as a result. Whereas what USPs does Sounes's book have? It contained some revelations when it was published which are now old hat. He's probably got more idea how to craft a biography than Shelton had, but I'd vote Shelton. But then I'm an old fogey for whom 61-66 is the most interesting period.


There is no comparison whatsoever: Shelton's book has stood the test of time and remains the best biography, by far; the Sounes book is of course much more recent, but it cannot hold a candle to Shelton's.[/quote]This. Sheldon KO in the first round. Sounes' book is trash.

Obviously we have to acknowledge Scaduto, but the essential four Dylan writers for me are Robert Shelton, Clinton Heylin, Iain Bell and Paul Williams (in no particular order).


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PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 17:42 GMT 
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wormington wrote:
Anr Bjotk wrote:
Has anyone read Al Kooper's 'Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards' and know how much Bob is mentioned?

Al Kooper wrote his Autobiography?! I want it!!


Wrote it in 1998/2008 or summat.

http://bobdylan.com/books/?filter=books-interest


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PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 18:34 GMT 
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I like Sounes a lot, but I like gossip


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