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Valuable account of Bob Dylan's songs
on 17 June 2015
This book covers Dylan's output album-by-album and song-by-song. Concise and well-researched. I found myself tending to agree with the opinions expressed, which is pleasing as I've been an avid fan of Bob's for 40 years. Of course, there were views that I disagreed with, but I could see where he was coming from. The style of presentation is great: opening the account of each album with cover art, track list, listing of musicians, then "Recorded but not used" which is especially interesting so we know where bootlegs have come from, studio & recording dates, then an invariably fascinating quote from Dylan... and then the songs. The latest studio album covered is 2001's "Love and Theft".
There are plenty of books out there about Dylan's work, as opposed to biographical books about the man. I can't say I've read many of them, but some guidance to Dylan's work is valuable. I rate this book highly and strongly recommend it. However, the best account of Dylan's work has to be Michael Gray's superlative "Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan".