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Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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"[Dalton's] attempts at exposing, debunking, and celebrating the essence of Robert Zimmerman's Dylanness, and vice versa, make for an intriguing, often amusing, vision quest. Dylan's quirks, kinks, and inscrutability are fascinating fodder for endless interpretations. Dalton is entitled to his, and they're the opposite of dull."―Robin Finn, The New York Times Book Review
"For all of the shelf-busting Dylan literature that's out there, it's rare that you find a book in which the music is discussed as adroitly as any aspect of the life... Dalton is a penetrating critic."―Colin Fleming, Washington Post
"Addictive reading... This approach would have crumbled in lesser hands, but Dalton does a stunningly good job."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The mysteries of Bob Dylan captured in even-handed, never-boring fashion... This lively and literate attempt to read a half-century's worth of brain scans from a literal living legend strikes the right balance between admiration and skepticism."―Kirkus Reviews
"All David Dalton's books are wonderful, but Who Is That Man? is especially insightful, funny, and beautifully written."―Marianne Faithfull
"Dalton's crazy poetic prose first caught my eye in Rolling Stone back in the day. Have loved his writing ever since. Oh yeaah!"―Steven Tyler
"The first truly hip analysis of the ultimate hipster."―Lenny Kaye
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With "Who Is That Man..." Dalton has written a masterful book. He places Dylan in the midst of a changing musical scene and a changing society, which he deconstructs to reveal how Dylan connected to underlying elements, primarily in the world of music.
Early in his career, during the folk/protest years, Dylan was characterized as a spokesperson for his generation - a label that he began to deny almost immediately. Far from being an idol, there is sadly a growing collection of biographies that paint an unflattering portrait of Dylan in many ways, revealing a character that seems to be at odds with the idealism and romance of his body of work. For example, although he's not generally associated with wanton drug use - having escaped the fate of Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix, and others - Dalton writes that Dylan was a heavy user of speed, and introduced John Lennon to heroin. Dalton tells how Dylan consistently and consciously used others to advance his career, how his personality had a deep and wide cruel streak that he intentionally adopted, and how he was a rival of other hipsters of his day, Warhol, the Beatles, the Stones. This book can be added to that list of unflinching scrutiny as people interviewed by the author take Dylan to task for his associations, his behavior, and his acid pen.Read more ›
And Young Matt, if you're going to call out the author for an error, you ought to be a bit more careful yourself. It's called a "chapter," not a "chaper."
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If you like your Dylanology served up with insight and literary pizzaz, I highly recommend it. I really appreciate the way the author presents Dylan's versions of himself as a sort... Read morePublished 3 days ago by William T. Faris
Well researched--ties Dylan's body of work into his life nicely; compelling , understated; a good read.Published 1 month ago by Lanny P
Well written, thoroughly researched and documented this book was very interesting. As a big Dylan fan I enjoyed reading the detailed backstories of Dylan's life and songwriting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe
Read the David Sounes book to get the real Dylan lowdown on Mr. Dylan's personality and formative
issues in his historical, musical, and psychological development
The last person who should be examined via a grinding, studious, meticulous biography is Bob Dylan. Wisely, Dalton cuts loose from traditional shackles and writes about Dylan the... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by J. LAWSON
arrived in perfect condition--- easily the most fluid and informative book on dylan yet. love the way dalton cleverly sprinkles lines/quotes from dylan songs into the narrative. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by David Bissonette
Dalton's book is ferociously readable for Dylanistas, a nice adjunct to the movie "I'm Not There" as a feast for the believers. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by John Doherty
A thorough telling of a great period in contemporary music that paints an interesting picture of the complex man who had so much influence.Published on December 7, 2013 by redheads4ever