Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina

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Macmillan, Apr 10, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motorcycle near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was already recognized as a genius, a youth idol with an acid wit and a barbwire throat; and Greenwich Village, where he first made his mark, was unquestionably the center of youth culture.

In Positively 4th Street, David Hajdu recounts the emergence of folk music from cult practice to popular and enduring art form as the story of a colorful foursome: not only Dylan but also his part-time lover Joan Baez -- the first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimi -- beautiful, haunted, and an artist in her own right; and Mimi's husband, Richard Fari˝a, a comic novelist (Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me) who invented the worldly-wise bohemian persona that Dylan adopted -- some say stole -- and made his own.

A national bestseller in hardcover, acclaimed as "one of the best books about music in America" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post), Positively 4th Street is that rare book with a new story to tell about the 1960s -- about how the decade and all that it is now associated with were created in a fit of collective inspiration, with an energy and creativity that David Hajdu has captured on the page as if for the first time.

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Interesting story about the beginnings of the folk music era, and how these four goofy kids changed music history. The more I read about Dylan, the more I resolve to just listen to his music instead. Engaging story, well written and insightful. Read full review

Positively 4th street: the lives and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariß±a, and Richard Fariß±a

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With the explosive early 1960s folk revival as backdrop, Hajdu (Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, LJ 5/15/96) entertainingly recounts this downright Shakespearean tale of Folk Queen Joan ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

David Hajdu is the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. Lately he has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Manhattan.

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