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Tangled Up In Tunes: Ballad Of A Dylanhead [Kindle Edition]

Howard Weiner
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Book Description

It all began in a blizzard on his way to see the Grateful Dead in Philadelphia. Twenty seven years later, in 2009, Howard “Catfish” Weiner’s road rhapsody landed him in Las Vegas for his 100th Bob Dylan show. Tangled Up in Tunes is the memoir of how 300 nights with Dylan and the Dead changed his life. A ramblin’ man seeking identity in conformist times, Catfish clung to the music that inspired him. As an eyewitness to a legacy of historical performances, Catfish delivers a distinctive tale of the two longest running tours in American music: The Grateful Dead's "Long Strange Trip," and Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour." Tangled Up in Tunes is a tale of staying forever young by following your muse.

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About the Author

Howard Weiner is the creator and host of Visions of Dylan, a series of two-hour programs that airs on 99.5 FM, WBAI, New York. Howard received an MFA Degree in Creative Writing from The New School in 2010.

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  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pencil Hill Publishing; 1 edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077WWB74
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Strange Trip Revisited February 29, 2012
Tangled Up In Tunes brought me back to some of the best times of my life. Howie's stories had me on the floor laughing throughout each chapter. I wish he had included more pics from the road, but his play by play makes up for it. I recommend this book to any Dylan or Deadhead. Thanks for the memories Catfish!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Fingers for Weiner February 3, 2012
Although I'm a big supporter of this book because 1) I'm from Rockland County NY and 2) I'm still a huge Grateful Dead and Dylan fan, you can't help but go down the Golden Road with Howard Weiner. It's easy to forget how great the music was as so many years have gone by since Garcia jammed like a buddah in the early 80s. But it's truly poignant to reflect with Howard Catfish Weiner because he basically gave his whole life to the music. While his travelling cohort Doug Schmell was busy earning a Law Degree, Catfish was earning a masters in road touring and Dylanology. If you enjoyed the Dead in the early 80s like I did and it made a lasting impression on you thirty years later, clearly this is a special subject matter. Catfish has a great way of weaving a tale and painting a vivid picture of the times. Great job Weens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stocking Stuffer November 26, 2012
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Just finished reading "Tangled Up In Tunes" by Howard Weiner. One of the best books I've ever read about the joys and hazards of falling in love with music. Weiner's first hand account of how he followed the Grateful Dead and then Dylan's Never Ending Tour around the country make for a terrific book. Great stocking stuffer for the Deadhead or the Bobophile in your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely woven tale of 80's Deadhead February 23, 2012
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Tangled Up In Tunes is a very enjoyable trip across the USA through the eyes, ears and heart of a relatively typical Jewish, east coast, 80's Deadhead, the author, Howie Weiner. Howie's touching autobiographical story parallels the long strange trip of the Grateful Dead in the mid-80's followed by his trek of following and becoming a Dylan scholar.
While these stories are close to me personally and I can relate to many of them, the book could be enjoyable to anyone interested in what it was like to following the music of the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in the 80's through today. I read the book in a day, it is well written, pithy, and a quick read. I look forward to more Howard Weiner books. I recommend this one highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brought back some great memories February 26, 2012
By Doug
I started seeing the Grateful Dead back in the late 70's and completely related to Howie's descriptions of touring in the early 80's. You would catch these incredible moments of magic and it would fuel your drive to find it again. Also living in Rockland County, NY, this book was like a stroll back through my scrap book of memories.
On just about every page, I found myself laughing and saying "yes" that's exactly what it was like.
The writing is fun and entertaining - Howie does a great job creating the images - the sights, the sounds, even the food - it's all there as you accompany Howie on his adventures.
But the best part is how Howie crawls inside the music itself. This is not a silly fanboy loving everything that he hears. Instead- his advanced familiarity with the Dead and Dylan, make him a more demanding critic - he is open and honest when the performances do not live up to expectations, and conversely - his description of the magic moments are genuine.
This is a fast, fun, read - you will love it. And like me, you will find yourself putting on some Dylan and rediscovering some of these tunes once again.
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Reading Howard’s book was like joyfully reliving the best memories of a musically obsessed road trip. Howard’s description of life following the muse of Dylan’s Never Ending Tour made me wish I could join him and that the book was twice as long. I’m from just north of Howard in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley area of NY and I became obsessed with Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. It was fascinating to read about my musical heroes prior to when I got on the bus, from a diehard fan’s perspective. As a huge Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead fan, reading Tangled Up In Tunes makes me wish for the invention of the time machine to go back and experience these shows. Until then, I have Howard’s most excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Touring Book Ever Written! August 6, 2014
This is easily the best autobiographical account of a Deadhead's (and Dylan Head's) touring experience and also the most interesting book I have ever read about the Grateful Dead. Howard's memory is unreal as EVERYTHING he writes about of our touring experiences is absolutely true. I found myself shaking my head and laughing many times at some of the individual moments he describes, asking myself "How the hell did he remember that?!". These were amongst the greatest times of my life and I can't thank Howard enough for documenting them, both honestly and with the same passion I know he had for the band itself. Although I love Bob Dylan, I never became the Dylan aficionado Howard has become and I never toured to see his concerts but I was equally entertained by those chapters. Even if you weren't touring to see the Dead as we were, I strongly urge anyone who has a liking for music in general, and the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in particular, to read this book. You will be thoroughly entertained and it will leave you with "Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of our life
Growing up in the NYC suburbs, loving music, going to college in upstate NY in the mid-80s, and seeing the Dead over 100 times; there was more than one fried catfish in the pan,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by YM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any music lover
The book is very well written and if you are a fan or the dead or dylan or just a live concert attendee this book is a must read.
Published 13 months ago by jason hoyt
5.0 out of 5 stars What a long strange happy trip
I was at a Dylan concert and was wandering my way back to my seat when I encountered this dude as I passed by I knew I had to turn around and meet him. Read more
Published 20 months ago by That girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone called my name, ya know . . . . .
I was growing up in northern NJ at around the same time that Howie was terrorizing Rockland County . . . . . Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by DocRich99
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Review
I've gone to dozen of Phish shows, but was too young to see the Dead or Dylan (at a time that can somewhat be considered his prime). Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Shlomo Von S.
5.0 out of 5 stars So much passion!
Infused with contagious passion, Howard Weiner recounts his epic travels through the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe chasing the music of Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by AmErin
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
I love the latter-day aspects of Bob Dylan's career, so a book that deals exclusively with that period is always very welcome. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Glenn W. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, for a real good read!
Reading Howard "Catfish" Wiener's tale of his life chasing his music was a spectacular walk down memory lane, which also led me down a road not taken. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Elyce Turner
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More About the Author

Howard Weiner's first book, Tangled Up in Tunes: Ballad of a Dylanhead, was published in Januarary of 2012. Howard's memoir explores how 300 nights with Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead changed his life. Howard recieved an MFA for Creative Writing from The New School in 2010. A few years earlier, Howard created and hosted the popular radio show Visions of Dylan for 99.5 WBAI, New York. Asked to describe himself in an interview, Howard said, "I'm a music lover. I want to turn the world on to the artists and songs that inspire me. Below my name, I want my tombstone to read: "Tangled Up in Tunes."

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