The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of one of the most influential artists of the 20th-century - a man widely regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced.
Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein frames Dylan against the backdrop of four seminal concerts - all of which he attended: Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1963; Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1974; Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 1997; Aberdeen, Maryland, 2009. Recreating each performance song by song, Epstein places them within the larger context of Dylan's life, from his meteoric rise as a young folk singer through his reemergence in the 1990s and his role as the éminence grise of rock-and-roll today. He explores the star's private side, including marriage and fatherhood, and his struggle to overcome substance abuse. Epstein also traces the influences that shaped Dylan's career and offers a thoughtful analysis of his work and fresh interpretations of his lyrics. Here, too, are anecdotes and insights from those closest to the man, including D. A. Pennebaker, Allen Ginsberg, Nora Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and Dylan's sidemen throughout the years.
Beautifully written, The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a unique, eye-opening portrait of an artist who has transformed generations and continues to inspire and surprise today. A bonus PDF file of pictures from the book is included.
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Excellent book, excellent narration
Absolutely, if they had an interest in subject matter.
I was touched by some of the more personal anecdotes of Mr Dylan's often gentle and generous behavior towards others. That's really silly, i know, but I was touched.
Uh .. the ability to
Recommend to Dylan fans. Very enjoyable.
- L chandler
Not a Walter Isaacson biography, that's for sure
Couldn't get into this. It's scattered and feels like as if the author found all anecdotes and news articles on Bob Dylan, threw them all up in the air, and used the resulting structure. That is: there isn't one. No structure. Additionally, the author can apparently read the minds of the people he's writing about.
It makes it very very uninteresting to listed to. Imagine sitting next to an ego-tripping person at a wedding or birthday dinner. That would be almost unbearable, listening to such a person talk and talk and talk, for around 3 hours.
This book, is 15 hours. THAT is unbearable. Even at 2x speed;)
- Oliver Nielsen