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Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks Hardcover – September 9, 2014
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“A posthumous memoir drawn from tapes of one-time Dylan insider Victor Maymudes…with such intimate exposure, Dylan remains unknowable but interesting.” ―New York Daily News
“An unusual addition to the giant Dylan oeuvre…an intimate, conversational account of Victor's tempestuous friendship with Mr. Dylan.” ―The New York Times
“We are reminded yet again that Dylan remains as meaningful as he was 50 years ago.” ―Narendra Kusnur, Livemint.com
About the Author
VICTOR MAYMUDES was Bob Dylan's tour manager at the beginning of his musical career in the early 1960s. After a brief hiatus in New Mexico, Maymudes rejoined Dylan as his tour manager from 1986 to 1996. He died in January, 2001.
JACOB MAYMUDES is a writer, director and visual effects supervisor working for the Mill in Los Angeles, California.
Top Customer Reviews
Victor's back story began when he created the UNICORN coffee shop with Herb Cohen (Zappa's agent) in LA back in 1955. In 1961, Wavy Gravy told Victor to go to NYC to track down a rising star on the folk scene, Bob Dylan. He met Bob at the Gaslight Café, and they became friends.Read more ›
Jacob Maymudes begins by saying, "I did not want to write this book." That's a pretty attention-grabbing start, as far as I'm concerned. He goes on to tell about the fire that destroyed his mother's home and subsequently coming across a box of microcassettes that his father Victor had intended as the nucleus of a book about his life with Bob Dylan. Victor died of an aneurysm before he could turn the cassettes into a book. Jacob started listening to the tapes, hearing his father's voice from beyond the grave, and knew that he had to turn the memories into the book his father had started.
Indeed we do learn a bit more about Bob Dylan, but ultimately to me the tapes are about Victor, and his relationships to Bob and other people in his life including his own family. Victor clearly respects Bob a great deal but does not worship him, so we do get some sense of Bob Dylan the person. Keeping in mind that Victor seems to be stoned pretty much all the time, the narrative could be more coherent and definitely more dynamic - the chapter entitled The Never-Ending Tour did not seem like it was ever going to end.
Victor's relationship with Bob is probably less than most of us would expect from the close-friend designation. Victor sometimes managed Bob's tours or purchased property on Bob's behalf that he then remodeled. He provided security at Bob's public appearances. They got stoned together. Most notably, they played chess. Were they best buddies?Read more ›
I have to say it didn't follow through on its promise to reveal a hidden side of Dylan. Still, I'm giving it 4 stars, because I found the story of Victor Maymudes quite interesting. He is a person whose name was only vaguely familiar to me, even though he worked with or for Dylan for many years. Apparently Bob was so angry with Maymudes that he didn't even give him one mention in "Chronicles." The story of how the book came to be written by Maymudes' son was interesting as well, and Jacob Maymude's mother's life is discussed briefly--now THERE is a book that I would love to read. Anyway, I found the story of Victor Maymudes to be worth reading, because it reminded me of the time when Dylan was just starting out in Greenwich Village. I visited Greenwich Village in the 60's as a teenager, and it was exciting stuff for a young girl to be around in those days. It's not a particularly well-written book--as Jacob says, his father never wrote any of it down, preferring to speak it all into a tape recorder. It may only be interesting to an old "hippie" like me, who enjoys the wanderings of another old hippie's mind, but I enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast delivery of item as desribes leaves this customer very satisfied! Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Olof Bjorner
Truly unique and qualitatively inciteful. Loved the audio! Son reading text derived from his father's audio tapes is enthralling.Published 1 month ago by Ed Shook
Would make a great animated movie !
Fantastic relationship between two lifetime fellow travelers.
Enjoyed the book very much. It gave me insight into the lives of a part of my family that I never had contact with. Victor Maymudes was my first cousin. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Harriet Arolick
It is definitely a side of Dylan I was not aware of, excellent readPublished 12 months ago by richard a santella