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The Bob Dylan Scrapbook: An American Journey, 1956-1966 [Hardcover]

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3 Oct 2005
"The Bob Dylan Scrapbook" is the highly collectable illustrated biography of Dylan's life during the 1950s and 60s. Created in association with Bob Dylan, the Scrapbook is crammed with features including rare photographs, facsimiles of handwritten lyrics and rare memorabilia. The text includes interviews with Dylan and his friends and fellow musicians to form a uniquely personal view of the greatest singer songwriter of his generation. A special bonus audio CD contains sixty minutes of early interviews and a rare performance. In the bestselling tradition of "Lennon Legend" and "Elvis Treasures", "The Bob Dylan Scrapbook" is an altogether handsome slipcased hardback with over 100 photographs and illustrations,and is guaranteed to delight every Dylan fan.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Har/Com edition (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743228286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743228282
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 25.1 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,056 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Even more Bob.... 5 Sep 2005
Old Bob seems to have more product out this autumn than anytime in the last decade. What with 'Chronicles' due in paperback in November, more volumes to come, and the upcoming 'Arena' documentary 'No Direction Home', you do get a feeling of it being time to set the record straight, while he's still around to do it his way. This book, containing facsimile pull-outs of tickets, posters, flyers etc, may sound little more than an anorak's gimmickry, overkill or xmas marketing ploy maybe. Until you see it, that is.
Santelli's insightful text covers the same time frame as the Scorcese documentary, and indeed Bob's own 'Chronicles,' and does a good job of filling in all the background without reading like the dry, factual chronology other books tend toward. You can read the whole thing in a couple of hours, probably less if you don't get caught up in all the truly pleasurable business of pulling out sheets of lyrics in Bob's hand on 60's 'Waldorf Astoria' notepaper, foldouts of 'Melody Maker' from 1965, assorted letters, contact sheets, and photos from his school yearbook. OK, maybe I am an anorak, but it's hard to describe the joy of seeing how the original cover of Guthrie's 'Bound for Glory' looked. Peppered with photographs and marketing paraphernalia, providing the kind of authentic period information it's hard to get from text alone, nothing in this book feels either out of place, or cynical at all. There's also a CD with 14 tracks of Bob interviews, from his first radio interview in 1961, to interviews with Scorsese from the forthcoming film. Hearing Dylan going from nervy, enthusiastic teenager to an engaging oldster recollecting early days with all the wit and humour of someone half his age is never less than fascinating, and somehow completely moving.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
This book is an extraordinary volume, arriving in a hard slipcase and giving you the kind of tactile thrill not experienced since those childhood days of pop-up books! For the Dylan completist it is a must have! The care and attention to detail and the sheer craftsmanship involved in its production is immense, every page brings a surprise: ticket stubs, posters, facsimile news pages, publicity cut outs, carefully copied lyric sheets that are eminently frameable, all held in delicate envelopes and attached with masking tape that's obviously all been prepared by hand. One hopes it's not piece time from the football sewing child-labour factories of Asia, but it undoubtedly makes you feel you are handling something unique!
It seems as though no expense has been spared. For example, instead of just printing a series of photos of Dylan and Baez, you get a neatly stapled little photo album, elsewhere contact sheets, and even the 'normally' printed photographs are superb, many never published before. There is a childish delight in accessing the sheer cornucopian variety of stuff the book holds neatly in its pages. The CD is great and gives full versions of the revealing (for Dylan anyway!) interview with his manager from 2001 that peppered the Scorsese film as well as a selection of historical encounters. Surprisingly, given the riches of the extras and the delights of the presentation, the text is pretty good and accurate too! I notice it sells for $45 in the States, so 18 is a bit of a bargain.
Go on, treat yourself to an early Christmas gift; for the price of a takeaway or a round of drinks you will have yourself your very own precious Dylan archive. (If you buy a takeaway too, you rich people, give your fingers a good wipe before touching this book, there are too many delicate treasures within to be ruined by sticky fingers!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan Scrapbook 15 Feb 2006
By "kezg"
Fantastic. I felt like a kid in a sweetie shop. Lots of little bits to pull out and look at, tickets stubs, promo flyers, for any real Dylan fan, this is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and fun gift for Dylan fans 12 Jan 2014
By Bob C
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Bought this for birthday present for Dylan fan friend. He loved it. Unusual and full of fun bits and pieces. Not sure about its lasting appeal but had plenty of interesting snippets and the replica tickets and lyric sheets are fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Dylan fans 17 May 2013
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I am a self confessed and long standing Dylan fan. Having read much of what has been printed I stil found this insightful and informative.
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