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Not the typical tattle tale as the author delves deeply into Dylan's historical influences and extraordinary talent as a 'minstrel'. There are brief snippets of musical material throughout but what Wilentz really elicits is a desire to hear more; to listen carefully with nuanced ears and newly acquired insight so as to reevaluate the entire recorded legacy of a man arguably the most profound troubadour of the 20th and 21st centuries.
This is a serious work and as such, those seeking a peek behind Dylan's multiple personas, may not be satisfied the author can only provide exquisitely detailed signposts instead of pop punditry. However, musicians and poets alike -as well as anyone alive during Bob Dylan's life and times- may find this audiobook the closest we'll get to grasping Robert Zimmerman's true genius.
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Warning ; The first 2 hours of audio , excepting 20 minutes or so could be entitled " How I wrote this book plus all I know about Aaron Copland. " As a high schooler I used to go to the Gaslight Cafe weekly back in 1966 and went to N.Y.U. Unfortunately a lot of the book sounds like a professor spinning pet ideas that are off subject , 2 Hours ! The Gaslight Cafe info , beat poets etc. are part of the Dylan story ,
not endless factoids about Aaron Copland who no doubt merits some time . But not a mini thesis pasted on to a book .
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