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5.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASING WORK AND QUITE INSPIRATIONAL ALONG WITH BEING INFORMATIVE, June 12, 2011
This review is from: When Bob Met Woody: The Story of the Young Bob Dylan (Hardcover)
First there was Woody Guthrie and then there was Bob Dylan. I am one of those individual who knows quite little about the technical aspects of music, has a relatively strong musical background but cannot play or sing worth a hoot. I am one of those people who have never been overly impressed with many of the singers and groups that have come and gone throughout the years and have been popular with mainstream America. No, I am one of those people who know what he likes and what he dislikes. I cannot tell you why in either case, I just know it.

Now that being said, I will tell you that there have been several musicians and singers throughout the years that have been a tremendous influence on my life in one way or the other. This work features two of them; Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

This work is the story of the young Bob Zimmerman who grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, a mining town near the Canadian border. This Bob became Bob Dylan. This is the story of Dylan growing up, not only as a man, but as a musician and singer. It is the story of his meeting one of his guiding musical heroes, Woody Guthrie.

Well written in a sparse and no nonsense manner, the author tells of the development of a singer who would become a driving force, musically and a social icon for an entire generation. Woven in and out of this tale is the presents of Woody Guthrie, who in his own time, was what Dylan became; each a representation of a time and an era in American history. The current music we listen today owes its evolution to what became before and whether or not the younger generation knows it or not, the music they listen to has been influenced by these two men. They, the younger generation, should know, understand and appreciate this fact. It is small books such as this which will help in that understanding.

Now there is no doubt that this story has been tweaked here and there and there is an element of mythology to be found. That is okay though. This work was not meant to be a dry history; a comprehensive biographical work. No, it was meat to introduce young people to a part of their heritage and written and illustrated to make this information palatable. All in all I found the book to be quite inspirational in nature and had a strong "follow your dream" aspect to it.

I found the illustrations, how ever they were created, to be quite good and in a strange sort of way, captivating.

This is a good work. It would be ideal to introduce the young person to these two individual and I would recommend that they have CDs made available to listen to the original recordings they produced. These songs can easily be found via a rather simple web search.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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D. Blankenship
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