O believe surely one of his kids would have written a ell all by now I find it hard Storm Surge to believehey re silent under pain of excommunication or whatever sword Dylan wields The Ballad of Bob Dylan A Portrait is a view of Bob Dylan Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him that shows us a hard working entertainer a brilliant song writer a mediocre painter a crappy film maker and a decent guy protective of his family and generouso his friends Eccentric Of course Anyone who s spent over 40 years in The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem the music business and half his life inhe public eye is bound Don't Die Under the Apple Tree to be eccentric Alcoholic drug crazed serial womanizer subjecto fits of madness Not so much Daniel Mark Epstein is a practiced poet essayist and playwright and a prize winning biographer he s also a fan and not un critical My god he s reasonable about his subject matter not he usual modus operandi for someone writing about Dylan He akes a look at Dylan s life hrough he prism of four concerts The Way You Aren't that seemo delineate four periods in he man s life his as well as Dylan s What he s come up with is a good story well old entertaining non pedantic easy on Digital Humanities the lyric analyses but strong onhe art and craft of Dylan s writing recording and performing Epstein has mined Architect? the sources and opened up some new informationhrough interviews of Dylan s friends and band mates When I finished Food Justice this book I countedhe Dylan Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 tomes on my groaning bookshelf Fortyhree books by or about Bob Dylan That s ridiculous but what can I say I m up Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind there with Christopher Ricks Ihink it was who feels Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting that being alive while Dylan is writing and performing is akino having been alive when Shakespeare was I ve put off reading any bio about Dylan for a long The Conscious Mind timeo keep him a mystery Good book Insightful about his childhood and he myth he created about himself This is a very well written book The first part of he book covers very well covered ground and reveals nothing very newThe best part for people who have read many Dy. Dylan’s ransition from folk icon o rock star his family life in seclusion his subseuent divorce and his highly anticipated return o ouring Tanglewood1997 reveals how Dylan revived his flagging career in Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual the late 1990s largely underhe influence of Jerry Garcia discovering new ways of singing and connecting with his audience and assembling he great bands for his Never Ending Tour In a breathtaking account of he Time Out of Mind sessions Epstein provides Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) the most complete picture yet of Dylan’s contemporary work inhe studio his acceptance of his laurels
This is one of he better Bob Dylan books I have read There is some very interesting information on how David Kemper helped reshape he band in he mid 90 s Larry Campbell s addition o he ensemble and some other anecdotes hat are new o he Bob lore information on he recording of Love and Theft for instance With Chronicles and Suze Rotolo s book here are also insights over My Friend the Enemy the last couple yearshat have not been available in he past NOTE I m stingy with stars For me 2 stars means a good book or a B 3 stars means a very good book or a B 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A only about 5% of he books I read merit 4 stars 5 stars means an all He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures time favorite or an A Only one of 400 or 500 books rateshisThe great news is hat I can listen o a book a day at work The bad news is hat I can keep up with decent reviews So I m going American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command to give up for now and just ratehem I hope o come back o some of he most significant hings I listen Then Hang All The Liars to and readhem and hen post a reviewI have always respected Dylan but not really been a fan or known much about him I found his very interesting and helpful And it made me start listening Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time to A great review of Dylan and his work A comprehensivereasure Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, trove of anecdotes any Dylanhead would appreciate No one whohinks about Bob Dylan Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety thinks about him as if he were a normal human being much less a regular guy I can hink of one person who s written about Dylan who has cast him as anything approaching normal If Dylan is a genius and he is he must be a ortured genius otherwise Kaiser Wilhelm II there s no story So biographers find evidence oforture in relationships gone bad friendships betrayed substances abused lyrics plagiarized until Dylan seems not only Matisse the Master tortured but down right nasty Interestinghough The Madmen of Benghazi that no one has been ableo dig up any dirt on Dylan in relationship o his children and grandchildren Now hat s elling because if Dylan were half as nuts as we ve been led Through he lens of four seminal concerts acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein offers an intimate nuanced look at Bob Dylan a vivid full bodied portrait of one of he most influential artistsof he Titulada twentieth century from his birtho he Never Ending TourBeginning with 1963’s Lisner Auditorium concert in Washington DC Epstein revisits Dylan’s astonishing rise as he darling of Chateaubriand the folk revival focusing onhe people and books Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, that shaped him and his struggleo find artistic direction on Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) the road inhe1960s Madison Suare Garden 1974 sheds light on.
Lan books will be in Old Hannibal and the Hurricane the latter part ofhe book which looks at Dylan s activities over he last wenty years These are normally glossed over in Dylan biographies but Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition this author has interviewed a number of Dylan s previous band members who add interesting insights So far I have only readhe first 70 or so pages Not impressed yet More a book about he author han about Dylan We learn hat Epstein uickly learned o play on guitar all Caught by Surprise the songs on Dylan s first albumhat Epstein s uncle viewed Dylan s early album favorably or was hat unfavorably personally I didn care Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure that Epstein s sister was momentarily lost after attending a Dylan concert at Lisn This is a uniueake on a biography Daniel Mark Epstein s obvious adoration for Bob Dylan is reflected in his writing We see Dylan Next to Nothing throughhe eyes of a fan rather han a rue biographer Epstein begins with his first Dylan concert in 1963 and ends with he last concert he attended in 2009 For me he intense focus on he four concerts he author attended was oo much Each song in he set lists was broken down for us right down o he key Dylan played in What I did learn was Skippyjon Jones Shape Up that Epstein must haveaken and kept copious notes of his concert experiencesThat being said here were some great nuggets of information within hese pages We re given a glimpse of Dylan in a way Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein that his other biographies do not show us This is a perfect book forhe hardcore Dylan fan Others might want Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, to start with a general biography Audio VersionThis was delightful it was read in an easyone and very gripping as a storyiography because First Impressions: A Novel the author has been following Dylan since he waseen in Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up the early sixties Not many can sayhat and deliver such a good insight as he did The interesting hing is four people with he same amount of ime and self gained knowledge could write heir own bio of Dylan and all find interesting aspects o build onGood job A good biography as such hings go. Nd his role as Wrong Medicine the éminence grise of rock and rolloday Aberdeen 2009 brings us full circle detailing he making of Dylan’s riumphant albums of he 2000s as well as his long running radio showDrawing on anecdotes and insights from new interviews with hose closest o he man including Maria Muldaur Happy Traum D A Pennebaker Nora Guthrie Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Dylan’s sidemen hroughout he years The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a singular Snow Flower and the Secret Fan take on an artist who hasransformed generations and as he enters his eighth decade continues o inspire and surprise od.