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The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob [Kindle Edition]

David Kinney
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Book Description

FAN: “You don’t know who I am, but I know who you are.”

BOB DYLAN: “Let’s keep it that way.”

Bob Dylan is the most influential songwriter of our time and, after a half century, he remains a cultural touchstone, an enigma, and the subject of endless fascination. From the moment he arrived on the music scene, he attracted an intensely fanatical cult following, and in The Dylanologists, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney ventures deep into this eccentric subculture to answer a question: What can Dylan’s grip on his most enthusiastic listeners tell us about his towering place in American culture?

Kinney introduces us to a vibrant underground: diggers searching for unheard tapes and lost manuscripts, researchers obsessing over the facts of Dylan’s life and career, writers working to decode unyieldingly mysterious songs, road warriors who meticulously record and dissect every concert. It’s an affectionate mania, but as far as Dylan is concerned, a mania nonetheless. Over the years, the intensely private and fiercely combative musician has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fans who try to peel back his layers. He has made at least one thing crystal clear: He does not wish to be known.

The story of Dylan’s followers is also a revealing portrait of the artist himself. Here, reflected in the fans he inspired and the cultural movements he helped create, is every twist and turn in a career that has swerved from lefty activist to ultra-hip spokesman for a generation to woodsy recluse, from secular storyteller to fire-breathing Christian evangelist, from punch line to elder statesman. Dylan may refuse to explain himself to his followers, but their lives have become mirrors of his, so profoundly are their stories intertwined.

Told with tremendous insight, intelligence, and warmth, by turns funny and affecting, The Dylanologists is ultimately a book about our universal quest for meaning. It is populated by characters both legendary and obscure, from aging hippies to idealistic twentysomethings and everyone in between—a young woman who, stirred by Dylan, attends law school and becomes a public defender; a man who crams his New York City apartment with memorabilia, transforming it into a pilgrimage spot for Dylan fanatics; a woman inspired by her hero’s redemptive music to go clean after years of drug use. Here is a joyous, soulful, and poignant exploration of the origins and meaning of fandom, the healing power of art, and the importance of embracing what moves you, whatever that may be.


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"The Dylanologists" is a wonderful book well written, insightful, and smartly reported. In chronicling Bob Dylan s fans, David Kinney provides a clear-eyed portrait of the artist and the country that created him. --Jonathan Eig "author of Luckiest Man "

About the Author

David Kinney is the author of The Big One. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, his writing has appeared in newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1840 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (13 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPMHQ52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another hagiography 6 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Only 3 chapters in, and already I feel I'm drowning in hyperbole; 'A figure of extraordinary literary merit' who should be regarded as one regards 'Shakespeare, Homer and Mozart'; really? Too often, the Dylanologists of whom Kinney writes, are those who 'Don't get it.' A fine and original idea for a book has become merely another hagiography, and rather more than a little ridiculous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Nov. 2014
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Amazing. Very different. It makes all other collectors and addicts look like dabblers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylanologists 25 Jun. 2014
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Great book if this is your interest. Read many books on the man but this really is something different. Arrived in good time from this seller who I have used before and would use again. Highly recommended.
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