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Bob Dylan
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12 Oct 2004
Dylan is a musical and political icon. From his early days of protest songs, like Blowing in the Wind, The Times They Are A Changing - to his revolutionary Subterranean Homesick Blues, and Like a Rolling Stone, the country Lay Lady Lay, the religious Slow Train Coming, the confessional Idiot Wind, his songs have spoken to generations, had a huge influence on such artists as John Lennon, Lou Reed, Mark Knopfler and been regarded by writers and critics such as Andrew Motion and Craig Raine as a poet who stands alongside such figures as Ginsberg and Walt Whitman.

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (12 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074323944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743239448
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 21.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, Bob Dylan is without question one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. He not only revolutionised popular music by incorporating poetry in his folk and rock compositions, he also helped create a more inclusive and progressive consciousness in American culture.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrics as Poems 13 April 2005
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This tome contains all of the lyrics up to and including "Love and Theft". Dylan's lyrics have always been held in high esteem, but usually as performed with music. Most of Dylan's albums don't come with lyric sheets, so this is the only way to study the lyrics in depth. The question is, how do they stand up on their own in a chunky book like this?

The answer is quite well. Many of the lyrics are too familiar to read without hearing the music that goes along with them as you read them. It is difficult, for instance, to read Mr Tambourine man without that melody floating to the surface.

Presented in this naked way it is easier to see the influence of figures like Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg on some of his work.

Can you read this book as poetry? In most cases you can, the familiarity of the songs not withstanding. The effect of lyrics as varied as "Desolation Row" and "Every Grain of Sand" take on new resonances when read in this way. Reading them allows you to go back and hear the songs with new insight.

So, who is this book for? Well the obvious group is Dylan fans. For them this is an essential companion to the albums. Fans of poets like Ginsberg and Whitman would also find much that is rewarding in this volume. Its variety of lyrical approaches makes this a useful demonstration on how to construct an effective lyric.

The book is well presented sectioned into the albums with addenda of lyrics associated but not included on the relevant album. There is an index of Publishers and Copyright Dates at the back of the book which serves as an alphabetic list of songs so you can find them quickly.

All in all a quality, well bound book that is well worth the price tag.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to finally have but how much was ommitted. 17 Sep 2009
As a preamble I'd like to say that I first bought this book in Hardback 'Coffee Table Style' unwieldy and with a tendency to soon look older than it was because its silver cover was very easily marked by the softest things and, after a few days looked as though midgets had been iceskating on it.

I notice that a previous reviewer lamented the absence of 'World Gone Wrong'. Well you won't find 'Good As I Been To You' here either simply because all of the songs on those two albums were not written by Dylan. No point in blaming the publisher.

Anyway Bob has been pretty prolific of late so this [nice handy format paperback] edition is useful for poring over and guessing just what roots a line sprang from or to simply sit amazed at the sheer volume of material this man has composed over the years. His first eight albums are enough to earn him a place in the songsters pantheon, sat right at the top. For songster is what he is. Few of his songs could stand without the music, sprung from genius as they are. They NEED the music to wind the words around into a holy chrysalis from which his genius will emerge in all its radiant beauty. So NO, I don't think he is a contender for the nobel prize for Literature but I do think there should be a Nobel prize for songwriters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Royal Bobness 27 April 2005
Well basically, if you're a diehard Bob freak like me, this is an absoloute must-have item. Ever listened for years to a Bob song, thought you knew the lyrics, then discovered you'd been singing something completely different all this time? I certainly did. Only a couple of songs, but having bought a copy of this book, I smiled at my own stupidity when I finally read the correct lyrics.
A lovely edition, very well presented, and highly recommended.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 30 May 2005
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It doesn't matter how many times you flick through this book you will never cease to be astonished by the quantity, quality, the depth of feeling and knowledge Bob Dylan brings to his work. To say he is the voice of a generation is both a cliche and an under-estimation of his contribution to 20th century literature. If Dylan is not awarded the Nobel Prize there's even more wrong with this world than his lyrics often detail on our behalf. Genius is a word that should be rarely used. This is that rare occasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always wanted this 7 April 2014
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As a huge fan of Bob Dylan I love this book. Always wanted to know all the wonderful .lyrics he wrote and this covers the most well known and there are some I didn't know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time and in perfect condition 7 Mar 2014
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This arrived on time and in perfect condition. I bought this for my Dad's birthday and he is really enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good format for scholarly work. 5 Aug 2013
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Very clear presentation.
Leaves a lot of space for comments,drawings, pieces of score.
Ideal for musicology, poetry study and sociology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a friend 18 May 2013
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This was well received - particularly as he has forgotten that he had mentioned wanting a book of Bob Dylan's lyrics, in one volume. Brownie points or me!
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I bought this as a gift for a Dylan afficianado and he absolutely loved it. A must have so far as he was concerned, for anyone who loved good music and great poetry. Read more
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