The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan
"Bob Dylan's impact on popular music has been incalculable. Having transformed staid folk music into a vehicle for coruscating social commentary, he then swept away the romantic platitudes of rock 'n' roll with his searing intellect. From the zeitgeist-encapsulating protest of Blowin' in the Wind' to the streetwise venom of Like a Rolling Stone', and from the stunning mid-sixties trilogy of albums Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde to Time Out of Mind, his stunning if world-weary comeback at the age of 56, Dylan's genius has endured, underpinned by the dazzling turn of phrase that has made him the pre-eminent poet of popular music. Because Dylan's achievements have no equal, his career is the most chronicled in rock history. Here, Sean Egan presents a selection of the best writing on Dylan, both praise and criticism. Interviews, essays, features and reviews from Dylan intimates and scholars such as John Bauldie, Michael Gray, Nat Hentoff and Jules Siegel are interspersed with new narrative and reviews of every single album to create a comprehensive picture of the artist whose chimes of freedom still resound."--Publisher description.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - GlennCooper - LibraryThing
Steer clear of this book. It is supposedly a compendium of writings on Bob Dylan, but the reality is, the editor, Sean Egan, has written 80% of the "essays" himself - and it is clear right from the beginning that Egan has no time for Dylan. This book is the pits! Read full review