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Bob Dylan: Performing Artist: The Early Years 1960-1973
Now in small format, here is the acclaimed in-depth analysis of Dylan's groundbreaking and often controversial work on stage and in the studio. With b/w photos.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Omnibus Press
(first published 1990)
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This is my first discovery of Paul Williams' writing. Not only is it an extremely informative work on one of the greatest artists of our age, but the writing itself is a true pleasure to read. I fell in love with Williams' voice in the first ten pages and immediately went to find more of his works. In doing so, I discovered that he passed on a few years ago. His writing was so intimate and his passion made so plain, that it actually bothered me on a personal level to find he was gone. It really ...more
This guy definitely has some things to say about Bob Dylan, and that's the reason you would read it. A unique writer and thinker, very interested in himself and his ideas and not so much with others, obsessively well researched. My main problem: overly romantic, subjective, and relativistic to the point of meaninglessness when it comes to interpretation of art.
Really enjoyable Dylan history here. Well written and researched. More and more with the great official bootlegs being released I'm being blown away by the scope of Dylan's recordings. Even in the '80s and '90s when he wasn't releasing a lot of stellar work on record, the unreleased stuff held gems up there with his best early work (almost). This book shows how committed and serious Dylan has always been to his art and pursuing the pure moment.
Mar 02, 2013 Dan Geddes rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dylan fans
This is great book for Dylan fans. Paul Williams is an enthusiastic chronicler of Dylan's early career. He considers Dylan one of the great artists of the 20th century. Williams is an avid collector of rare Dylan recordings and appreciates Dylan's ceaseless creativity in revamping old songs to keep them fresh. This has enabled Dylan to keep touring without getting tired of his old material.
Not that there is anything wrong with being a Dylan tragic but it would take one to write a book like this and then add 2 more to the series. I am a huge fan of Dylan's work up until Desire so I found this a good read and it made me play and listen to my old Dylan recordings in a new light. For the fan who is committed.
Feb 08, 2008 John rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Williams sometimes borders on fanatical, but his enthusiasm, attention to detail, and unique perspective of Dylan -- not primarily as a songwriter, but as a performing artist -- makes this book series a must for any serious Dylanphile.
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