Bob Dylan in America - Sean Wilentz

Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz grew up in the heart of Beat- and folk-centric Greenwich Village, and, at 13, witnessed Bob Dylan’s famous Philharmonic Hall concert. Over the last decade or so, he’s begun to explore Dylan’s “reshaping of old American musical traditions” to become a “modern minstrel,” and he’s collected the essays in BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA (Doubleday, $28.95). The first two chapters, on Aaron Copland and the Beats, set the scene. Wilentz then devotes chapters to exploring historical connections in specific songs and albums: he recounts the story of the blues-singer Blind Willie McTell, and has an especially fine chapter on the shape-note origins of “Lone Pilgrim.” He ends with riffs on Dylan’s most recent works—Love and Theft, Modern Times, Tell Tale Signs, and even last year’s Christmas album.

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ISBN: 9780767931793
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Published: Anchor - October 4th, 2011

Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010 - Greil Marcus

A perfect companion to Wilentz’s book is BOB DYLAN BY GREIL MARCUS: Writings 1968-2010 (PublicAffairs, $29.95). Marcus also encountered early Dylan—at a 1963 Joan Baez tent show—and has written about him throughout his career, including two books (on the Basement Tapes and “Like a Rolling Stone”). “Becoming a Bob Dylan fan made me a writer,” Marcus says, and in this collection, he takes you through early record reviews and you-are-there concert reports,  liner notes and witty entries from his long-running “Real Life Rock Top 10.”  Interspersed are longer historical essays and lectures, such as his masterly takes on Sam McGee’s “Railroad Blues” and Dylan’s “Masters of War.” Marcus, just as much as Wilentz, takes all of American history and politics as his subject, with Dylan as a guide.

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ISBN: 9781610391993
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 29th, 2013

Life - Keith Richards

The first Dickensian rock ’n’ roll memoir has arrived! Keith Richards’s LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99) written with James Fox has the classic rags-to-riches narrative, the epic musical highs and drug-induced lows, dozens and dozens of memorable characters, and a rollicking authorial voice that’s spellbinding. (Each chapter begins with a Victorian summary of astounding events to come.) Over a near-fifty-year career with the Rolling Stones, Richards has co-written some of the greatest songs, and created some of the most memorable guitar riffs in rock history, and he has many tales to tell. From teenaged obsessions with T-Bone Walker and Chuck Berry, to infamous tours, busts, and feuds, Richards remembers it all, and humorously introduces other voices for some corroboration. “Hail, hail, rock ‘n’ roll!”


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ISBN: 9780316034418
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2011