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The Dylan Companion
"To this day, wherever great rock music is being made, there is the shadow of Bob Dylan," said Bruce Springsteen at the induction of Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Or to quote John Rockwell, "Anyone who didn't live through the sixties simply cannot realize how important his albums seemed then; they defined a community." Dylan is a musical, literary, pol ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 20th 2001 by Da Capo Press
(first published 1990)
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When I was in high school, I was given this book. I became a big fan of Bob Dylan during my teens. This book collects selections from biographys, newspaper clippings, and quotes about Dylan from his the early part of his career through the early 90's. This includes snippets from Robert Shelton's writings to Bruce Springsteen's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech for Dylan. Most of the book is praise for the man's career, but there are occasional reviews that are not positive. Overall, ...more
This collection offers an odd mix. There's some very good stuff here, from scholarly analyses of Dylan to excoriations of him, but there's also some piffle and some stuff the relevance of which is unclear (e.g. an article about the Isle of Wight festival that barely mentions Dylan), and some things you'd expect that are not here (e.g. anything about Newport). Mixed bag, but occasionally very good.