Most of the entries are sketches of musicians, although Gray includes actors, authors, and other nonmusicians. These entries provide brief biographies and then explain how the people are connected to Dylan: how they worked with him, influenced or were influenced by him, and which of his songs they performed or recorded. The 3-page entry for Johnny Cash, for example, tells of Cash's defense of Dylan when Columbia Records wanted to drop him, their first meeting at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village, and their duo performances and recordings.
Gray's opinions and editorializing are prevalent throughout. This makes for unique entries, such as Interviews and the myth of their rarity (in which he claims Dylan actually averaged one interview per month over 40 years) and Dylan being "bored" by his acoustic material 1965-66, the myth of. In fact, the entire book is written in a refreshingly relaxed manner, as befits a music critic and fan.
The volume comes with more than 100 black-and-white illustrations and an accompanying CD-ROM with a searchable PDF version of the text. Although there is another published Dylan reference work, Oliver Trager's Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (Billboard, 2004), the current volume is a valuable addition to academic and large public library collections, primarily because of Gray's knowledge and reputation as a Dylan expert. Steven York
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if you are music fan then for you read it cool about him and his life in musicPublished 5 months ago by doublegdj
Wonderful book with an abundance of references and useful and thoughtful information. Although I don't agree with All I have read so far it's a great source to know more about... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Niels Erik
Interesting book and informative at times. It is annoying to me when the author puts Dylan down by dismissing "A Shot Of Love"-----like Bette Midler told George Costanza in... Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by A. L. Anderson
In response to an earlier review, actually, the correct title for this book would be "My entirely amusing and indiosyncratic impressions associated with Bob Dylan in alphabetical... Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by music fan from milton
Somewhat fun to browse...but fails as an authoritative "Encyclopedia" given the strongly opinionated content, the numerous inaccuracies, and the often baffling level of relative... Read morePublished on November 1, 2010 by Walter N
There is a virtual library of books covering nearly every Bob Dylan aspect, but this is the first that anyone should buy. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Bill R. Moore
This Encyclopedia is extraordinarily interesting and useful for Dylan fans. Some reviewers have noted mistakes in writing about people associated with Dylan. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Lawrence J. Epstein