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!)