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on 13 April 2005
This tome contains all of the lyrics up to and including "Love and Theft". Dylan's lyrics have always been held in high esteem, but usually as performed with music. Most of Dylan's albums don't come with lyric sheets, so this is the only way to study the lyrics in depth. The question is, how do they stand up on their own in a chunky book like this?

The answer is quite well. Many of the lyrics are too familiar to read without hearing the music that goes along with them as you read them. It is difficult, for instance, to read Mr Tambourine man without that melody floating to the surface.

Presented in this naked way it is easier to see the influence of figures like Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg on some of his work.

Can you read this book as poetry? In most cases you can, the familiarity of the songs not withstanding. The effect of lyrics as varied as "Desolation Row" and "Every Grain of Sand" take on new resonances when read in this way. Reading them allows you to go back and hear the songs with new insight.

So, who is this book for? Well the obvious group is Dylan fans. For them this is an essential companion to the albums. Fans of poets like Ginsberg and Whitman would also find much that is rewarding in this volume. Its variety of lyrical approaches makes this a useful demonstration on how to construct an effective lyric.

The book is well presented sectioned into the albums with addenda of lyrics associated but not included on the relevant album. There is an index of Publishers and Copyright Dates at the back of the book which serves as an alphabetic list of songs so you can find them quickly.

All in all a quality, well bound book that is well worth the price tag.
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on 29 August 2012
I am delighted with this book. It is a good size, printed in quality matt paper and well put together, with albums listed at the front, in date order and songs in alphabetical order with dates at the back. Lovely black and white illustrations at the beginning of each album make this an attractive book to own. I am seriously thinking of buying a pair of white cotton gloves (the kind worn when handling important books or documents)to wear when I read it, as I will certainly be making reference to it often. I always find it hard to make out the words of any songs and it is a joy to reach for my book and quickly find the track to which I am listening. It is also like having a fabulous book of poetry, which of course Dylan's work is. I would have loved to buy the hard back copy, but it was too expensive and after seeing this paperback, I am truly happy. Good price from Amazon.
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on 27 May 2017
Son in law was happy with his Christmas present. A good price and although the description said there were a fewq marks on the dust Jacket these were acceptable for the difference in price between a pristine bookstore version.
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on 5 February 2017
Love Dylan, would recommend.
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on 7 April 2014
As a huge fan of Bob Dylan I love this book. Always wanted to know all the wonderful .lyrics he wrote and this covers the most well known and there are some I didn't know.
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on 29 May 2014
This is a beautifully produced, high quality collection of lyrics by the closest thing to Shakespeare in the modern era. A genuine collectors' item and an essential addition to the bookshelf or coffee table for anyone who rightly believes Dylan to be the greatest social commentator of our time, an observer of life without equal in the 20th century.
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on 7 March 2017
bought as a present recipient delighted
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on 2 February 2015
grat book.really interesting.Thank you
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on 2 January 2013
Bought this for a friend who is a massive Bob Dylan Fan....
He LOVES it so it must be good!
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on 7 August 2014
this mans the best of Poets!
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