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Encounters with Bob Dylan Paperback – February 1, 2000

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Bob Dylan is a reclusive, enigmatic musician who, through his compositions and songs, has had a widespread influence on a generation of fans, composers, performers, and singers. Encounters With Bob Dylan: If You See Him, Say Hello is the first biography to examine his life and career from his fans' perspectives. Included are fifty first-person accounts of fans who have personally met this elusive entertainer.

The stories are presented chronologically, beginning in 1956 with Margaret Stark's account of her high school date with Bobby Zimmerman and their subsequent meeting at Bob's 10-year Hibbing High School reunion. Due to the constantly changing circumstances of these fifty encounters, each story is unique in character and impact.

Compiled and edited by long-time Dylan devotee Tracy Johnson, and enhanced with 24 photographs (many of them previously unpublished), Encounters With Bob Dylan is must reading for all Dylan fans and serves as an example of "fan history" that would work admirably for other influential public figures. -- Midwest Book Review, March 2000

With so many quite pseudo-intellectual books on Dylan out there, I found it very refreshing to have a work that manages to both plainly entertain and give a bit of a psychological view on the man. These stories tell a lot about Dylan without ever claiming to do so.

"Encounters with Bob Dylan" is a very nice collection of interesting snapshots of moments served in bites, exactly the right thing for subway rides or the 30 minutes between going to bed and falling asleep. A highly enjoyable piece of work which I recommend to each of Dylan's fans. -- Christian Zeiser, Edlis Germany

About the Author

Tracy Johnson is a freelance writer and longtime Dylan devotee who currently lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Humble Press (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964700921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964700925
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill R. Moore on July 31, 2002
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As the greatest - not to mention most important, in every sense of the word - songwriter of the 20th century, Bob Dylan has, unsurprisingly, inspired a legion of devoted fans. Although every major artist has their share of obsessives and fanatics, the ones who follow Dylan have far surpassed mere "groupie" or "hard-core" status: they reside in a legendary status - even mythological. Some of these, branded "Dylanologists", have achieved a level of notoriety compared in a small way with the artist himself. Many fans know of the famous (or infamous) "Garbologist", A. J. Weberman, who even went so far as searching through the dumpsters outside Bob's house for his baby's soiled diapers - allegedly looking for clues to obscure lyrics, and even conjuring up a paranoid fantasy conspiracy that the government was out to get Dylan for raising sentiment against the Vietnam War, and that Dylan knew it, and alluded to it, through subtle messages in his songs. Bob Dylan's history is filled with many other such characters and ancedotes. Perhaps it comes as no surprise, then, that Dylan is a very mysterious character, and known for his ambivalence towards fans. Securing a personal meeting with Dylan is a difficult thing to do, and those fans who do manage it are held in a kind of revered awe by the faithful. This book is a record of such encounters. There are many books available on Dylan (certainly more serious and scholarly works than on any other rock musician), but this is just about the only one where the air of pretentious intellectual refinement is removed, and you hear it straight from the mouth of the ones who really matter: the fans. These are the fans personal reminisces of meeting Dylan, or otherwise coming close in some way.Read more ›
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Each story in this book is such a treat and a treasure, I had to ration them and limit myself to reading a few a day, to make the pleasure last as long as possible. Some of the stories brought tears (because they were so touching), and some brought chuckles, and all were inspirational and uplifting because they let the rest of us less priveledged obsessed fans know that it IS actually possible to meet Bob. What I especially appreciated about the book was the fact that it wasn't heavily edited and rewritten, like Reader's Digest, for instance, and that we are able to experience the unique writing styles and 'tone-of-voice' of each writer. I have many books about Dylan, but this one will be my most treasured; it is a gem of a book. All of those ponderous volumes of analyses and suppositions can't compare to reading about people's actual encounters with The Man, in thier own words. Except maybe for Daniel Kramer's worshipful account of the time he spent with him... BUY this book, so the author will be encouraged to bless us with more stories like these!
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"Encounters With Bob Dylan" runs the gamut of Dylan's personalities. This is not musical analysis or lyrical analysis, but a look at sometimes momentary encounters by musicians, technicians, and ordinary Dylan fans. Truly reveals charisma of Dylan the human.
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Bob Dylan is a reclusive, enigmatic musician who, through his compositions and songs has had a wide spread influence on a generation of fans, composers, performers, and singers. Encounters With Bob Dylan: If You See Him, Say Hello is the first biography to examine his life and career from his fans' perspectives. Included are fifty first-person accounts of fans who have personal met this elusive entertainer. The stories are presented chronologically, beginning in 1956 with Margaret Stark's account of her high school date with bobby Zimmerman and their subsequent meeting at Bob's 10-year Hibbing High School reunion. Due to the constantly changing circumstances of these fifty encounters, each story is unique in character and impact. Compiled and edited by long-time Dylan devotee Tracy Johnson, Enhanced with 24 photographs (many of them previously unpublished), Encounters With Bob Dylan is "must" reading for all Dylan fans and serves as an example of "fan history" that would work admirably for other influential public figures.
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By A Customer on July 24, 2001
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Ms. Johnson has done a wonderful job in illustrating the fanatic nature of Dylan's fans combined with the reclusive nature of their hero. As the lights have burned ever brightly on Dylan in the latter stages of his career, Bob has increasingly receded into the shadows, content to let his son Jabob bask in the spotlight for the family. This book, though, shows the connection that Dylan's fans still feel towards him, whether they have met him or just been touched by him in some small way. I especially enjoyed the story of the young man who had Dylan autograph his tattoo of Bob's likeness.
Whether you are a Dylan fanatic or just a reader who enjoys touching anecdotes, this book is for you. It is refreshing to see that not every entertainment star has forgotten that it is the fans that make or break your career. Buy the book. You'll love it.
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I pride myself in keeping up with new information about Bob Dylan. But this was brand new to me. I ordered it right away. I love it. It is a Dylan book I will always go back and read from time to time. Hopefully someday I'll have an encounter with Bob - without at least 5,000 other people around! Thanks.
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