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Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs Hardcover – 11 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; 1 edition (11 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810888238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810888234
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Beviglia s Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs is ideal, in the case of this title, for browsing and reading up on one s favorite tunes of this major American musician and poet. That Dylan has been accorded the latter distinction seems a foregone conclusion. This is a fun read for anyone who has been enthralled by the work of this popular music icon who has been entertaining global audiences for a half-century and is still going strong. The 100 are ranked in ascending order, beginning with 'Roll on John' in last place and honoring 'Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands' as #1. Each song is given two-pages of analysis, commentary, historical background, and justification of occupying a place in this honor role from the singer s oeuvre. A list of the next 100 finest, a bibliography, and an index conclude the volume.--W. Royal Stokes "Jazzhouse Diaries ""

About the Author

Jim Beviglia writes for the print and online editions of American Songwriter magazine, concentrating on features about classic artists and reviews of new albums. Jim also maintains a blog as his alter ego, The Countdown Kid (http://countdownkid.wordpress.com/), where he counts down the best songs of rock 'n' roll's greatest artists.


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Bob Dylan’s renaissance as a creative artist over the past 20 years has led to a great many books being written about him. Jim Beviglia’s Counting Down Bob Dylan is one of the latest; it is also one of the very best. Some might be put off by the ’countdown’ element and might question if it’s necessary to rank Dylan’s songs in this way. However, I think Begvilia has chosen this method wisely (and most likely deliberately) in order to add an extra layer of stimulation to the process of reading the book: I found myself disagreeing with a number of his choices, which led me to consider the relative merits of certain songs against others, and gain some new personal insights.

As for Beviglia’s own insights: they are some of the most engaging and interesting pieces of writing I have read about Dylan, and he has that rare ability to keep things short, without losing depth or clarity. His knowledge of the songs is extensive but what comes through most clearly is his engagement with them – what he has learned about them by hearing, feeling and simply experiencing the songs of the greatest songwriter since Robert Burns. If you are a Bob Dylan fan, buy this book and enjoy the process of reading and arguing or agreeing with the decisions made. If you’re not a Dylan fan yet, this is a great place to start. Either way, Counting Down Bob Dylan is a wonderfully written , utterly engaging, and – most of all – incredibly enjoyable addition to the ever-expanding canon of books about Bob.
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I really enjoyed this book .... in recent years I've given up on some of the more impressionistic tomes on Dylan's life, and also on the rather esoteric "fan experiences" works. This book gets back to what it is all about, the songs and the fun and magic in them.

Sometimes the magic is in the words, the music, the singing, the performance.... Jim's book takes a clear eye at Dylan's best songs (in his view!) and highlights the key aspects which bring us back to them. His list will provoke debate, as it has done on his Countdown Kid website, as to which songs should be in the list, which out, and which sit at the top of the rankings...but it is done with a light touch. For Dylan fans it is an easy and enjoyable read. Anyone who is getting the Complete Bob Dylan Box Set for Christmas would enjoy picking their way through this book.

nb I saw Bob Dylan at Blackpool Opera House two weeks ago, fantastic, so much charisma..this light still burns !!
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I loved the idea of the author picking his top 100 Bob Dylan songs and expounding on each one which he did in a most interesting way. Unfortunately, what I failed to anticipate when buying this book was the feeling of frustration at his choice.

Obviously the songs he picks are never going to agree with your own choices, except in part, so you do have to be aware that the very nature of this book will, in all probability, annoy you at times. It's human nature!

Having said that, I would recommend the way he puts across the virtues of each of his choices even if you don't agree with them. A good read!
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I should start by saying I have not purchased this book. Feel free to mark me as unhelpful on those grounds. I have however purchased the same authors similar book on Radiohead and enjoyed it a lot. At around £2 it was a fair price.

This however is currently over £13 for a 220-odd page e-book. An absolutely bonkers price that the publisher should be ashamed off. (The price of the hardcover is pretty rum as well to be fair!)
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