- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: CHROME DREAMS (2 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842404245
- ISBN-13: 978-1842404249
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Songs He Didn't Write : Bob Dylan Under the Influence Paperback – 2 Nov 2008
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More About the Author
Over the years, Derek has contributed regularly to BBC Radio programs on Bob Dylan and has been featured on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Scotland as well as dozens of local radio stations. He has also appeared on the BBC 2 television program 'The Culture Show' and Channel 4 Breakfast News.
Derek's first book, 'ISIS: A Bob Dylan Anthology' (Helter Skelter Publishing, 2001) is a collection of writings and interviews from the back pages of ISIS magazine. This book received first rate reviews. It sold out a hardback edition, two paperback printings and a 2004 revised edition. A second collection of writings from ISIS magazine, entitled 'Bob Dylan Anthology 2 - 20 Years of ISIS' (Chrome Dreams, 2005) is a bumper 368-page book that was published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ISIS magazine. This book sold out as a hardback edition, but is still in print in paperback.
Derek's most recent book, the highly praised 'The Songs He Didn't Write - Bob Dylan Under The Influence' (Chrome Dreams 2008) received universal rave reviews from Dylan fans and the monthlies alike. The book was voted as one of the ten best music books of 2009 by UNCUT magazine and was also chosen as the third best music book of 2009 in RECORD COLLECTOR magazine. Derek has had his writings published in journals in England, the USA and Japan and has worked on a number of film and CD projects covering a multitude of artists. Barker's status as an expert on all things Dylan is such that he has advised premier auction house Christie's (both in London and New York) on the authenticity of items of Dylan memorabilia.
Top Customer Reviews
This valuable book documents both the history of the songs Dylan has covered and their key performances, and will send you scurrying back to your Dylan records with renewed curiosity.
It's a book that will cast Dylan in a new light for some: primarily thought of as a songwriter, here is the Bob Dylan who turned the force of his interpretive gifts onto the words of others.
Extensively illustrated throughout with pictures of the performers from whom Dylan borrowed the songs, and of record labels, concert posters and of course Dylan himself, you can dip into the book or be entertained from cover-to-cover - it works either way. Want to know the background to that obscure song Dylan played at the last show you attended? You'll find it here. Want to marvel at the sheer breadth of Dylan's musical knowledge and interest? Settle down for an afternoon and read.
There are also extensive appendices which give the reader the low-down on a range of associate topics. These give details of recording sessions, information on bootleg recordings, and further text that fleshes out some of the key people, places and artefacts referred to in the body of the book. Two take two examples, 'Theme Time Radio Hour' and the genre of 'Talking Blues' are both expanded upon.
It is worth adding that this book is bang up-to-date, including references to material from Dylan's latest 'Bootleg Series' release, 'Tell Tale Signs'.
There are always new angles to find with Bob Dylan. Derek Barker has identified one with "The Songs He Didn't Write". Crucially, has done his subject justice.
For those dealing only in pleasure I see this book having many uses, I can imagine a dedicated collector listening to a recording from a show in say 1992 checking the background to a song he's never heard before popping up in the middle of the set, similarly anyone listening to a Dylan album with the odd cover on it, or a Dylan albums that are nothing but covers. It's also perfect just for opening at random and reading whatever your eye alights upon.
The book provides information on over 500 songs, written by other people, that Dylan has either recorded or performed. It includes the songs' origins and how Dylan encountered them. There is information on lots of songs that I, for one, had no idea he had recorded. Some are circulating as bootlegs but others have never seen the light of day. There appears to be a wealth of unreleased material out there. There is even information on a 78 rpm recording made on Christmas Eve 1956, one copy of which is known to have survived to the present day.
This is a book that will be delved into again and again, and deserves to be on every Dylan fan's bookshelf. Five stars are not enough.