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The Rough Guide to Bob Dylan (Rough Guides Reference Titles) [Paperback]

Nigel Williamson
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30 Sep 2004 Rough Guides Reference Titles
The ultimate guide to the greatest singer-songwriter who ever lived. Covers the man, the life, the music, the friends and lovers, the influences, the movies, the stories, the places, the words, the trivia, the sayings, and more. Each album reviewed, with the songs behind the 50 greatest songs uncovered. Numerous sidebars and boxes include juicy bite-sized chunks on everything from the famous parties to the best and worst concerts.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 1st. Ed edition (30 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843531399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843531395
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Williamson is a leading music journalist with name recognition for serious fans. He writes widely in the national press as well as specialist magazines. He produced the Uncut special on Bob Dylan (which Dylan himself approved of) and wrote a well-received book on Neil Young for Backbeat Books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Cracker (or stocking present) 22 Oct 2005
A great little book that leaves you feeling you've read loads of the other Dylan stuff that you've not got the time to read. Well written and easy to read. It has a positive slant in Dylans favour even when re-evaluating much of the less classic periods that he is often slated for. Not rose tinted though. Ideal for a bit of light Bobology or as a gift to new converts or waverers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 16 Dec 2004
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This book is an excellent overview of Dylan.
The first section is the biography drawing on the many attempts by Scaduto, Sounes et al. Details appear later on in the book in the Dylanology section.
The second section is the discography, a blow by blow account of every official release. The comments are subjective and occasionaly controversial. But no compaints really. There's also an overview of Bob's boots.
I'm not sure the section on the 'New Bobs' (Sprinsteen, Wainwright, etc etc) was the best of ideas, but never mind.
A section on Dylan's involvement with film.
It's all here really, a few minor mistakes and typos for sure, but highly recomended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small and beautiful 18 July 2007
It's only a personal prefernce but I like the smaller-sized rough guides and this one is real treat. I consider myself a big fan of BD but there's an amazing amount of detail in here that all but the most anorak bob-o-philes will not know. Lots of pictures to, discussion about albums, tours, notable people in BD's orbit, with even a little section on books and websites and the top 10 bootlegs!

A great book for the beginning fan, and sure to please the harder-core amongst fans too.

Well done rough guides!!
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