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Bobcat Nation: Life Among the Dylan Fans [Kindle Edition]

Adam Selzer

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What is it that makes Dylan fans so obsessive? In this newly expanded and revised edition of his 2004 books, author Adam Selzer (of The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History and other) mixes rock criticism and sociology in a hilarious travelogue. Selzer treks through America, meeting many prominent Dylan fans and trying figure out what it is about Bob Dylan that keeps his fans coming back to concert after concert - narrowly avoiding certain death (and his creditors) several times along the way. The 2010 edition also features several of Adam's post-2004 Dylan writings (for a total of nearly 90,000 words) and features an active table of contents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMP5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously entertaining - THE book to get if you're a Dylan fan 20 Dec. 2010
By Tatiana - Published on
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Adam Selzer's Bobcat Nation is an enormously entertaining memoir chronicling one man's 15 year odyssey of seeing Bob Dylan countless times live in concert. Selzer is a young adult novelist (known for his smartass sense of humor), so I knew this would be clever and well-written. However, what really impresses here is the analysis of Bob Dylan's art as a live performer. Dylan is a notoriously spontaneous and eclectic live musician (whose shows are in many ways more akin to jazz than rock and roll) and Selzer charts the evolution of the live Dylan sound, in ways big and small, from 1996 to a show as recent as October 2010. In fact, as a work of music criticism (and Selzer is not afraid to offer honest criticism as well as praise), this is better than most of the Dylan books I've read.

Bobcat Nation also offers a very affectionate peek into the world of Dylan fandom - it captures the unique camaraderie of Dylan fans, especially in the sections where Selzer describes traveling around the country with friends and meeting up with other fans. However, Selzer's self-deprecating humor prevents the book from ever taking itself too seriously. If you're a casual Dylan fan, you'll probably find this an accessible (and very funny) port of entry into the mind of a "Bobsessive". If you're already a serious fan, this is an essential purchase as it captures the excitement of seeing Bob Dylan live better than any book since Larry Ratso Sloman's legendary On the Road with Bob Dylan.
2.0 out of 5 stars not bad, as long as you understand is is a memoir, not a discussion of fandom 9 Aug. 2013
By Rhonda R - Published on
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I had hoped there would be more references to what being a Dylan fan was like and the camaraderie within, but this is truly a memoirs of one fan with a lot of detail that only the most diehard Dylan fans would understand. It is clearly self-edited and published, as grammatical and spelling errors abound.
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