The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait Hardcover – 24 May 2011
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Epstein is refrshingly direct and approachable... it is his own clear, emotional enthusiasm that carries the tale. --Daily Telegraph
Epstein offers a portrait that explodes the semi-hostile cliché of much unauthorised biography. New interviews and photographs add depth to an account distinguished by a fine sensitivity to all aspects of Dylan s art, from the personal to the music s history, but Epstein also manages to put across a significant amount of biographical detail. --The Sunday Times
About the Author
Daniel Mark Epstein is a poet and biographer, who has previously written critically acclaimed biographies of Nat King Cole, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman. He is a folk and blues guitarist who performed at coffee houses during the folk revival of the 1960 s and he continues to perform, and write music, today.
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If I could give this book 6 stars I would!
This is a totally engrossing, personal and intimate recounting of Dylan's career and life.
Told through the eyes of the author, his own reaction and relationship to Dylan's career form 1963 to 2009. Epstein tracks Dylan's life in music and his more private moments. Drawing on his own knowledge of music and how Dylan affected his own life and how Epstein shared this love with his sister and son.
Bob Dylan is the poet of our lifetime and much, much more. We learn about him as father, a grandfather, a painter, bandleader, radio dj, recluse and philosopher. Humble and great all at once this book captures so many aspects of Dylan from his childhood beginnings to his performances with the Never Ending Tour Band with whom he has continuously toured since 1997.
Epstein uses 4 concerts as touch stones through which he describes the arc of Dylan's career and life. From the 1963 Lisner Auditorium in Washington DC, 1974 Madison Square Garden (after having disappeared for several years) to Tanglewood in 1997 accompanied by his son to Aberdeen MD when he chooses to go alone Epstein shares his own perspective. In addition the exhaustive research through a wealth of source materials Epstein has offered us a unique and thorough summation of Dylan at this stage of his life.
Dylan's inspirations from Woody Guthrie to Allen Ginsberg, Dave Von Ronk, Muddy Waters, Jerry Garcia and Norman Raeben (his painting teacher and the son of the great Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem) the depth and sources of his art is appreciated anew.
As he enters his 7th decade Dylan is still vibrant and miraculous.Read more ›
It is a good 'first' book on Bob Dylan. It is a good 'followon' to one of the lengthy and detail-packed biographies of Dylan. It is a good book for guitarists and musicians of all kinds. It is the Bob Dylan book for the rest of us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very good. I bought it twice. First to read on kindle, then because I wanted the 'book'. It is very good. His review of Dylan's career is well told.Published on 3 Mar. 2012 by Kindle Customer
a book about Daniel Mark Epstein and his soundtrack to his life, mr dylan. blow by blow accounts of all of the concerts that he has attended. Read morePublished on 13 July 2011 by Jikan Myshkin