- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; 01 edition (26 Nov. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579129854
- ISBN-13: 978-1579129859
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 5.7 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track Hardcover – 26 Nov 2015
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This tome is work of art and a labor of love covering nearly all of Bob Dylan's studio songs (originals and covers), a total of 492, from the early 1960s through 2015... Beautifully illustrated with many rare and familiar photos, the book concludes with a brief glossary of musical terms and densely packed index...
VERDICT A Dylan fan could live inside this book for weeks. Hard-core enthusiasts will be enthralled by the details of the many outtakes. ""Library Journal"""
"Meticulously researched" "Buzzfeed""
"This tome is work of art and a labor of love covering nearly all of Bob Dylan's studio songs (originals and covers), a total of 492, from the early 1960s through 2015... Beautifully illustrated with many rare and familiar photos, the book concludes with a brief glossary of musical terms and densely packed index...VERDICT: A Dylan fan could live inside this book for weeks. Hard-core enthusiasts will be enthralled by the details of the many outtakes." Library Journal"
"Meticulously researched" Buzzfeed"
"A must for Dylan fans and those who enjoy folk music." Booklist"
..".hardcore aficionados from the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol will be thrilled with its scope and intricacy."
"No self-respecting Dylan fan will want to miss Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track by Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin....a must-read for trivia buffs." Acoustic Guitar"
..".perhaps the most impressive book on the man ever produced..." Houston Press"
..".the single most exhaustive, detailed, and complete account of every song Dylan ever wrote or recorded through 2015, and will likely be the only encyclopedic volume necessary for anyone with either the slightest interest in or full-blown obsession with Mr. Zimmerman." JamBands.com"
This is the most comprehensive account of Bob Dylan's work yet published with the full story of every recording session, every album, and every single released during his remarkable and illustrious 53-year career.See all Product Description
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Just in time for Christmas comes Bob Dylan: All the Songs. Written by French journalist Philippe Margotin and musician and engineer Jean-Michel Guesdon, this book follows the duo’s All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release. In this book, the authors present each Dylan album, and each song it contains, discussing how the songs were recorded, when, with which musicians, and discussing, it times, lyrics, cover versions, and trivia (in “For Dylanologists” sidebars).
It’s a light-hearted book, designed to be skimmed rather than read. You might be listening to a Dylan album and want to read up on the songs it contains; or you might want to just flip through it and look up information about your favorite songs. There are lots of pictures, and the texts are short. It’s much more interesting than the recent Dylan: Disc by Disc, by Jon Bream, who simply transcribes interviews with mostly C-list musicians and unknown journalists about each album. And it’s a lot less dry than Clinton Heylin’s Revolution in the Air and Still on the Road, which present similar information in a pretty boring manner.
There’s nothing earth-shattering in this book; the “stories” behind every track don’t explain what the songs are about (as if that were possible), or try to interpret Dylan’s inspiration when he was recording them.Read more ›
photos...and it's so easy to navigate, everything being in chronological order.....It is a total joy to own and either dip into or use alongside the journey as you listen to each album in turn.....don't hesitate....and one more thing.....thanks, Mike, wherever you are, for planting the seeds
that have sprouted so abundantly and fruitfully!
Every track from every album is examined, in terms of its genesis and production, musicians and engineers involved and the location and date of the recording. We also get technical details, instruments, a description of the album cover and in some cases outtakes. Trivia buffs like myself will be particularly interested in two other items that the authors have included, “In your headphones,” and “For Dylanologists,” these are scattered throughout the book like little gems of meaningless information. Example of the former; in discussing the song “Dirge” from 1974’s Planet Waves, we get ”Due to the intensity of the recording, Robbie Roberston is caught singing the notes of his guitar solo at 4:56!” Not earth shattering, but certainly interesting facts that will make you go back to the recording and check.
So there is much to enjoy in this book, my only criticism, if indeed it is one, is with the subtitle – “The story behind every song,” because the songs are not discussed in any depth, and few opinions or interpretations are offered. However, this may be the point of the exercise, most books on Dylan tend to examine his lyrics, sometimes to a ridiculous degree, and it is quite refreshing to come across a book that deals exclusively with the facts.Read more ›
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Let me be clear, this review is for the Kindle edition, which is missing the photographs from the hard copy of the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by WhatAParsley
My husband is a massive Bob Dylan fan and he loves this book. I bought this for him as a Christmas present and he spent a good few hours reading it in any spare moment over... Read morePublished 3 months ago by LSL
A must for Bob Dylan fans, a big book with everything about Dyan.Published 5 months ago by princess64
A well written book that provides a concise and accurate factual background to every Dylan song , worth every penny 😄Published 6 months ago by david harris
Great book and obviously took sometime to collate, well worth waiting forPublished 6 months ago by Mrs Anne Smith