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Bob Dylan: A Biography

Bob Dylan: A Biography [Kindle Edition]

Sally Barber

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In 2012, 70-year-old Bob Dylan marked the 50th anniversary of his debut album, Bob Dylan. For a half-century, the artist's genius forged modern culture and challenged ideas of what it meant to be a musician. Dylan pushed the envelope in the music world time and again. He was a reluctant spokesperson for the protest movement of the 1960s. His driven creative journey through music genres, film, literature and painting established a rich body of work provocatively articulating the human experience of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, was released in 1963. Unlike the earlier folk album, it primarily contained original songs, including the iconic Blowin' In the Wind, and anti-war songs, Masters of War and A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall. Established artists Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Joan Baez recorded Dylan's new wave protest music, launching his image as a spokesperson of the Vietnam anti-war era. Despite populace pressure, it was a role Dylan refused to claim. Songs from the period, such as Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin' found their way into the American songbook.


Sally Barber is an experienced writer and a member of the Hyperink Team, which works hard to bring you high-quality, engaging, fun content. Happy reading!


Bob Dylan's closely guarded personal story and struggles are enfolded in the deep lines across his aged face. Known for his cool relationship with the media and his celebrity status, the intimate details of the artist's world may best be detected in his body of work. At once untamed and tender, curious and angry, Dylan's fearless musical confrontations with raw emotion and truth won him both friends and enemies. "I feel just like Jesse James," he cries in the song Outlaw Blues. His depth of longing, love and tenderness are unveiled in the exquisite love songs Make You Feel My Love and Lay Lady Lay.

One of Dylan's most public romantic relations was with folksinger Joan Baez. The two were involved for a brief period beginning in 1963. The relationship forwarded both of their musical careers. He opened for Baez, already a headliner, and she performed Dylan's protest songs which secured her a firm place in the folk genre. The arrangement with Baez introduced Dylan to wider folk audiences.


Bob Dylan: A Biography
+ Pop's Poet Laureate
+ A Modern Troubadour Grows Up
+ Being Bob Dylan
+ Significant Awards
+ ...and much more

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 125 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink (8 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081TDUSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's entire life and career in under 30 pages 14 Feb 2014
By The Booker - Published on
You’re kidding me – right? I scored this book on Kindle from the library, so only time and not money was wasted. I also had no idea – being an eBook and no way to be forewarned by lack of pages – that there would be no real substance. This was no more than a pamphlet or flyer about one of the most relevant artists of our time with a career that has now surpassed half a century.

I gave it a ONE rating only because it could serve as an overview for the uninitiated Dylan novice. If you have a school book report due and Dylan fits the topic, but Cliff’s Notes aren’t available – you just scored too. This will tell you where he’s from, his real name and list of albums. Hope that’s all you need, because that’s about all you’ll get.

I read at the end (because I still needed something to do for the rest of the hour) this was hyped as a Hyperlink book. Basically their policy is just an excuse to cut and paste online content or brief segments from other books to create this type of format. For anyone who wants to learn more about Bob Dylan, just go online and search. It would be a lot less frustrating than reading this.
1.0 out of 5 stars Who knew itunes was now a literary source? 19 July 2013
By Johnw - Published on
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Purchased on a whim, not knowing it had less than 24 pages of text (kindle pages, about 1/3 the content of a normal book page), who could have predicted I would finish the complete biography of someone this famous in only 10 minutes? And I'm a slow reader.

Did I find out anything new about Bob Dylan? No, of course not. The book was put together via cut and paste from and iTunes, and one can get all the information in this book with a couple minutes of web searching.

It says here: "Sally Barber is an experienced writer and a member of the Hyperink Team, which works hard to bring you high-quality, engaging, fun content." It's not engaging, not fun, and I am certainly not convinced Sally Barber has chosen the right profession. Even at $2.99, the Hyperlink Team seriously overcharges. Spend your money on "Chronicles", or "No Direction Home".
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