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A posthumous memoir drawn from tapes of one-time Dylan insider Victor Maymudes…with such intimate exposure, Dylan remains unknowable but interesting. (New York Daily News)

An unusual addition to the giant Dylan oeuvre…an intimate, conversational account of Victor's tempestuous friendship with Mr. Dylan. (The New York Times)

"We are reminded yet again that Dylan remains as meaningful as he was 50 years ago." -Narendra Kusnur, Livemint.com

About the Author

VICTOR MAYMUDES was Bob Dylan's tour manager at the beginning of his musical career in the early 1960s. After a brief hiatus in New Mexico, Maymudes rejoined Dylan as his tour manager from 1986 to 1996. He died in January, 2001.


JACOB MAYMUDES is a writer, director and visual effects supervisor working for the Mill in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1St Edition edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125005530X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250055309
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2014
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I was excited to read this biography, since I'm a huge Dylan fan with a CD collection of well over a hundred Dylan titles. Very little has ever been said about Victor Maymudes in previous Dylan biographies. Dylan never mentioned him in CRONICELS. Clinton Heylin's famous biography BEHIND THE SHADES donated two sentences to Victor, one placing him in the 1964 car trip to the deep south, the other was when Dylan rehired Victor as personal assistant for his never ending tour in the late eighties. So who then is this Victor Maymudes, and why did he (with the help of his son) write this tell all book? If you look for answers in the book itself, you will be told that "he understood Bob better than anyone ever understood Bob."(pg.277) and "We had grown up together."(pg. 244) This is typical of the hyperbolic statements made throughout the book, by a man who apparently was a megalomaniac. If Victor knew someone famous was around, he'd try to make contact with them, to collect their friendship, and network them for future business opportunities. (Dylan often screamed at Victor not to bother the other famous musicians on his tour, for this reason.) One of the most prevalent features of the book, is Maymudes love of name dropping. On just one page at random, I counted 16 different names (pg.152), which didn't provide any depth of detail to the narrative. It was only confusing, since most of the names were only mentioned in passing, to impress his readers.

Victor's back story began when he created the UNICORN coffee shop with Herb Cohen (Zappa's agent) in LA back in 1955. In 1961, Wavy Gravy told Victor to go to NYC to track down a rising star on the folk scene, Bob Dylan. He met Bob at the Gaslight Café, and they became friends.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on August 18, 2014
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Bob Dylan is a famously private person. Other than listening to his music and attending concerts, most of us have no idea what he's like. This book based on the title alone promises some insight into the Bob Dylan who exists outside of the recording studio and the concert stage.

Jacob Maymudes begins by saying, "I did not want to write this book." That's a pretty attention-grabbing start, as far as I'm concerned. He goes on to tell about the fire that destroyed his mother's home and subsequently coming across a box of microcassettes that his father Victor had intended as the nucleus of a book about his life with Bob Dylan. Victor died of an aneurysm before he could turn the cassettes into a book. Jacob started listening to the tapes, hearing his father's voice from beyond the grave, and knew that he had to turn the memories into the book his father had started.

Indeed we do learn a bit more about Bob Dylan, but ultimately to me the tapes are about Victor, and his relationships to Bob and other people in his life including his own family. Victor clearly respects Bob a great deal but does not worship him, so we do get some sense of Bob Dylan the person. Keeping in mind that Victor seems to be stoned pretty much all the time, the narrative could be more coherent and definitely more dynamic - the chapter entitled The Never-Ending Tour did not seem like it was ever going to end.

Victor's relationship with Bob is probably less than most of us would expect from the close-friend designation. Victor sometimes managed Bob's tours or purchased property on Bob's behalf that he then remodeled. He provided security at Bob's public appearances. They got stoned together. Most notably, they played chess. Were they best buddies?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Derevan VINE VOICE on August 25, 2014
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I am an avid Bob Dylan fan, have been since my teen years, and yet, I don't know much about his private life. He really IS famously private, not the kind of "private" some celebrities claim to be in hopes of seeming mysterious and garnering publicity for it. I have always thought Bob revealed himself in his music (as confounding as that can be at times). Still, the lure of finding "another side" of Dylan was strong when I was offered this book.

I have to say it didn't follow through on its promise to reveal a hidden side of Dylan. Still, I'm giving it 4 stars, because I found the story of Victor Maymudes quite interesting. He is a person whose name was only vaguely familiar to me, even though he worked with or for Dylan for many years. Apparently Bob was so angry with Maymudes that he didn't even give him one mention in "Chronicles." The story of how the book came to be written by Maymudes' son was interesting as well, and Jacob Maymude's mother's life is discussed briefly--now THERE is a book that I would love to read. Anyway, I found the story of Victor Maymudes to be worth reading, because it reminded me of the time when Dylan was just starting out in Greenwich Village. I visited Greenwich Village in the 60's as a teenager, and it was exciting stuff for a young girl to be around in those days. It's not a particularly well-written book--as Jacob says, his father never wrote any of it down, preferring to speak it all into a tape recorder. It may only be interesting to an old "hippie" like me, who enjoys the wanderings of another old hippie's mind, but I enjoyed it.
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