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on 5 September 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. There's an honesty and integrity here that's seldom seen.
The best recommendation is that even those who've never really been Dylan fans might enjoy this book. Oh, and on page 44, you get a pull out, cardboard stand-up Bob too. Now who wouldn't want that?
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on 6 October 2005
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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on 15 February 2006
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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on 21 December 2010
Excelente edicion de un libro que nos aporta algo mas que palabras. Muy ilustrativo. Podemos ver la vida de Dylan desde un punto de vista de autentico fan, y si no tuvimos la suerte de vivir esa epoca, podemos acercarnos con una vision muy viva de la misma
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on 12 January 2014
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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on 17 May 2013
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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on 5 July 2006
Dont Get me wrong, for a beginner at wanting to explore Dylan's most vital and interesting period of music making, this item is excellent. Yet for me, someone who is utterley obsessed with the guy, this item provided little more than a fleeting interest. Sure, the pull out extras such as reprinted tickets, posters and photos etc are brilliantly interesting and provide a sense of nostalgia for those who may have been around in the 60's, and a set of great artefacts for younger fans, however, the writings behind the pull outs provide little extra knowledge to those who know much about Bobby.

It is well written to be fair and easy to follow the sometimes confusing journey from Folk poet to Electric Messiah and the best thing is the interviews with those who were around at the time, which do provide insight and an interesting backround to Dylans transformation. The chaptering does tend to slice Dylans change into albums, whereas in truth, those who know much about Dylan know that it was not this simple. It covers little ground which No Direction Home does in more detail, and of course can't bring together the Music as Scorcese's documentary did. The portion on 1956-60 is however great in showing Bob's early influences and you learn about his love of Little Richard and so on.

In conclusion, a great great scrapbook for completists and collectors and those who want to learn about this fascinating period and who know little. For those who want more indepth info, get Chronicles and watch Dont Look Back and No Direction Home
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VINE VOICEon 14 September 2005
This is a beautifully produced book - full of photos never seen before, facsimiles of handwritten lyrics, concert programmes, tickets, publicity stickers...Unfortunately the text is rather plodding and merely rehashes previous biographies and interviews - which prevents it getting five stars from me.
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on 26 November 2014
Excellent condition - a treasure!
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on 3 January 2007
This is the equivalent of the Beatles Anthology book-a sort of pop up Dylan which covers his most important years.

With the recent Scorsese film its so much easier now for the Dylan fan than it was after 1966 when over a year went by with no new product and rumors of his death predating McCartney's in a sense!

He was stll in the charts but it was via Manfred Mann the band who were sent his demos after he claimed he liked their covers and this is how we heard most of the Basement Tapes.

The Scorsese film was flawed in a way as no mention was made of the real reason Dylan went electric and that was because of the British.He was ascloseasthis to the Beatles (3 volumes of Beatles Play Bob Dylan attest to that)-yet there was no mention as if they never existed.

Strange really in a film part financed by the Beatles own company Apple.

But this book is all you need to learn where Dylan came from. Its the kind of book which at the time he set off for New York he could never have imagined
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