Bob Dylan in America

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Anchor Books, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 396 pages

Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, 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.
 
Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the emerging artist as he develops a body of work unique in America’s cultural history. Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, and rare photographs, he places Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.
 

 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This is an engaging book from start to finish by a clear-eyed Dylan fan. Wilentz admits up front that Dylan has hit some pretty deep valleys in his career, particularly in the 1980s, but the real joy ... Read full review

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Nobody better to write this history of Bob Dylan of the good old USA than an historian, and a good one at that. Not a hack like Doris Kearns Goodwin who has actually plagiarized at least as much as ... Read full review

Contents

The Rolling Thunder Revue
5
The Popular Front and Aaron Coplands America
17
The Beat Generation
47
The Concert
87
00 A M The Making of Blonde
105
New Haven Connecticut November 13 1975
131
Blind Willie McTell
172
Love and Theft
261
Masked and Anonymous
287
Modern Times
305
Do You Hear What I Hear? Christmas
331
Afterword to the Anchor Edition
337
Acknowledgments
343
Illustration Credits
373
Permissions Acknowledgments
397
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About the author (2011)

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. He is the author of The Rise of American Democracy, which received the coveted Bancroft Prize, and most recently of The Age of Reagan. The historian-in-residence for Bob Dylan’s official We site, he has also received a Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary and a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan, Live 1964: The Concert at Philharmonic Hall.

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