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Tangled Up In Tunes: Ballad Of A Dylanhead [Kindle Edition]

Howard Weiner

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Book Description

It all began in a blizzard on his way to see the Grateful Dead in Philadelphia. Twenty seven years later, in 2009, Howard “Catfish” Weiner’s road rhapsody landed him in Las Vegas for his 100th Bob Dylan show. Tangled Up in Tunes is the memoir of how 300 nights with Dylan and the Dead changed his life. A ramblin’ man seeking identity in conformist times, Catfish clung to the music that inspired him. As an eyewitness to a legacy of historical performances, Catfish delivers a distinctive tale of the two longest running tours in American music: The Grateful Dead's "Long Strange Trip," and Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Tour." Tangled Up in Tunes is a tale of staying forever young by following your muse.

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About the Author

Howard Weiner is the creator and host of Visions of Dylan, a series of two-hour programs that airs on 99.5 FM, WBAI, New York. Howard received an MFA Degree in Creative Writing from The New School in 2010.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pencil Hill Publishing; 1 edition (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077WWB74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #873,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stocking Stuffer 26 Nov. 2012
By Howard Modell - Published on
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Just finished reading "Tangled Up In Tunes" by Howard Weiner. One of the best books I've ever read about the joys and hazards of falling in love with music. Weiner's first hand account of how he followed the Grateful Dead and then Dylan's Never Ending Tour around the country make for a terrific book. Great stocking stuffer for the Deadhead or the Bobophile in your life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Strange Trip Revisited 1 Mar. 2012
By sgibson818 - Published on
Tangled Up In Tunes brought me back to some of the best times of my life. Howie's stories had me on the floor laughing throughout each chapter. I wish he had included more pics from the road, but his play by play makes up for it. I recommend this book to any Dylan or Deadhead. Thanks for the memories Catfish!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Fingers for Weiner 3 Feb. 2012
By Jack Straw - Published on
Although I'm a big supporter of this book because 1) I'm from Rockland County NY and 2) I'm still a huge Grateful Dead and Dylan fan, you can't help but go down the Golden Road with Howard Weiner. It's easy to forget how great the music was as so many years have gone by since Garcia jammed like a buddah in the early 80s. But it's truly poignant to reflect with Howard Catfish Weiner because he basically gave his whole life to the music. While his travelling cohort Doug Schmell was busy earning a Law Degree, Catfish was earning a masters in road touring and Dylanology. If you enjoyed the Dead in the early 80s like I did and it made a lasting impression on you thirty years later, clearly this is a special subject matter. Catfish has a great way of weaving a tale and painting a vivid picture of the times. Great job Weens!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely woven tale of 80's Deadhead 24 Feb. 2012
By lgindoff - Published on
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Tangled Up In Tunes is a very enjoyable trip across the USA through the eyes, ears and heart of a relatively typical Jewish, east coast, 80's Deadhead, the author, Howie Weiner. Howie's touching autobiographical story parallels the long strange trip of the Grateful Dead in the mid-80's followed by his trek of following and becoming a Dylan scholar.
While these stories are close to me personally and I can relate to many of them, the book could be enjoyable to anyone interested in what it was like to following the music of the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in the 80's through today. I read the book in a day, it is well written, pithy, and a quick read. I look forward to more Howard Weiner books. I recommend this one highly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brought back some great memories 27 Feb. 2012
By Doug - Published on
I started seeing the Grateful Dead back in the late 70's and completely related to Howie's descriptions of touring in the early 80's. You would catch these incredible moments of magic and it would fuel your drive to find it again. Also living in Rockland County, NY, this book was like a stroll back through my scrap book of memories.
On just about every page, I found myself laughing and saying "yes" that's exactly what it was like.
The writing is fun and entertaining - Howie does a great job creating the images - the sights, the sounds, even the food - it's all there as you accompany Howie on his adventures.
But the best part is how Howie crawls inside the music itself. This is not a silly fanboy loving everything that he hears. Instead- his advanced familiarity with the Dead and Dylan, make him a more demanding critic - he is open and honest when the performances do not live up to expectations, and conversely - his description of the magic moments are genuine.
This is a fast, fun, read - you will love it. And like me, you will find yourself putting on some Dylan and rediscovering some of these tunes once again.
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