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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 21 Oct 2013
This review is from: Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) (Hardcover)
Exceptional study of Dylan's work - albums, performances, interviews - during the 1960s. Expertly researched and beautifully written, this volume is both academic and engaging, and is never guilty of the sort of sycophancy common to many books on Dylan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book must be visible..in paperback!, 25 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) (Hardcover)
This perceptive, meticulously researched and penetrative book provides a depth of interpretation and intuition unrivalled in the vast canon of "Dylanalysis" and is in urgent need of publication in paperback.

Rarely do Dylan critics possess the linguistic armaments and incendiary prose to do justice to Mr Zimmerman's 1960s creativity but John Hughes's book "Invisible Now" attains this level of poetic parity with an apparent effortlessness, making the book essential but accessible reading for Dylanites whether academics, followers or the ragged, faithful diaspora that Dylan has worked so assiduously to confuse!

This book steadfastly avoids the solecisms of many of its peers who have blindly-accepted or obsequiously indulged Dylan's more mannered and cynical posturing during the '60s and its this absence of reverence which empowers this work with the muscularity and momentum to pierce the veils which have succeeded in obfuscating 'His Bobness' from the '60s until today. With this book, a fresh, savvy voice has joined the debate, staking out a rich tract in the Dylandscape and evaluating its subject with a voice that is compelling, original and astute. Although largely positive and laudatory in tone, it is where John Hughes most robustly challenges Dylan that this book achieves exceptional elegance and eloquence. Perhaps the author's name should be spelt J'Accuse!

Nigel H Williams
25 September 2013
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