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Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. He is the author of The Rise of American Democracy, which received the coveted Bancroft Prize, and most recently of The Age of Reagan. The historian-in-residence for Bob Dylan’s official We site, he has also received a Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary and a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan, Live 1964: The Concert at Philharmonic Hall.
This book should be read by anyone who has followed Dylan,both live and in the studio, through these many years and changes.
The writing seemed uneven and the interpretive stretches made as to the presumed sources of Dylan's material appears, at various times, much too ponderous.
Given his recluse like nature it has always been necessary to "allow" a bit of mythologising/romanticising in anything written about him.
Mr. Wilentz treats us to a "very in-depth" look at a number of musicians and poets who may or may not have influenced Bob Dylan's body of work. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Steven R. Smith
Best bio so far. Liked that there was a lot of focus on the world gone wrong era. a must read for the Dylan fan. Read morePublished 4 months ago by samuel
In recent years the "Dylan the Plagiarist" meme has been growing in force and currency as more and more of the sources of his "appropriations" in song and painting are uncovered. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. L. Megel
Torture trying to follow the authors ramblings around the history that lead up to Dylan's life and his life. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Casual Reader
For those looking for an in depth analysis of the history behind Dylan songs and life passages this book packs a lot of info. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. M.
This is must reading for all serious Bob Dylan fans. Wilentz is a Professor at Princeton University and author of such works as The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stuart C Elliott
This enriching book differs considerably from the usual accounts about popular musicians. Aptly, of course, given that the subject is Bob Dylan, himself a bona fide history... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bert vanC Bailey
Got this as a gift. I've been a fan since 1963. I read, then skim read, this book looking for insight and additional information. Instead I was bored. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Jake Mckenna
This is really dry writing that in the end leaves one with the feeling of having read a pile of technical manuals on how to build a boat made of toothpicks, boulders and barbed... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by LL