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Understanding Bob Dylan: Making Sense of the Songs That Changed Modern Music Paperback – October 14, 2011
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About the Author
Tony Beck completed a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Geography from the University of London. He lived and worked in India for several years, and has studied the writings and songs of Rabindranath Tagore. He lives on Salt Spring Island.
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First, it doesn't cover the songs in any systematic way (in fact, it bounces from song to song stream-of-consciousness style) and there's no index, so good luck finding info on a particular song. Nor does it cover a very large portion of Dylan's work.
Second, the layout and printing of the book is unprofessional and hard to read - the typeface is not a good choice for print and the layout looks suspiciously like a web-page. Should've had a proofreader, too - layout is inconsistent and errors are frequent. The print is also fairly large, so the book is really much shorter than it should be.
But lastly and most importantly the writing is pretty poor. The author makes assumptions and asserts things that are simply incorrect (In English, the word "missionary" is only ever used as an adjective in the phrase "missionary position"? WTF?) and there are errors of both grammar and style throughout ("agency is not high on the list of women in Dylan's songs" - women's qualities, perhaps?). The author's "analysis" is rambling guesswork with lots of "maybe it's this or maybe it's that" and little or no focus.
In short, there's a reason this book is self-published.
by Philippe Margotin. And actually in several other books.