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Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
By the middle of the 1970s, Bob Dylan’s position as the pre-eminent artist of his generation was assured. The 1975 album Blood on the Tracks seemed to prove, finally, that an uncertain age had found its poet.

Then Dylan faltered. His instincts, formerly unerring, deserted him. in the 1980s, what had once appeared unthinkable came to pass: the “voice of a generation” began t
Hardcover, 574 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Pegasus (first published August 1st 2013)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 22, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Dylan fans
Shelves: bob-dylan
Old Man Dylan – as good as Young Man Dylan and better than Middle Man Dylan. Here’s a quick trip through the last 16 years.

1997 : Time Out of Mind – first album of new songs for 7 years, half of them great. A whole new style to go with them , a massive pessimism, a steady gazing upon death, betrayal, futility, you know. Dylan was back, and this time he stayed back.

1998 : 1966 . live concerts released in all their glory

2001 : Love and Theft – a really brilliant, peculiar, unique album

2003: Mask
Aug 04, 2014 Geoff marked it as to-read
Shelves: biophilia
Found this just now:

Being that I consider Dylan the finest artist of my times, and I'm lucky just to tread the same earth as him and be able to ingest his art, it's surprising I had no idea about Bell's books. I'll read 'em soon.
Mar 19, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second volume of Ian Bell’s treatment (“biography” is the wrong word) of Dylan is as good as the first. As in Once Upon a Time, Bell’s writing is muscular and energetic: every sentence is written by someone who has spent his life reading about and listening to Dylan—but who never sounds like a fanboy or longing-to-be-hip academic. Also as in the first volume, Bell sometimes editorializes too long about American politics or the electorate, but the writing is good enough that the reader can b ...more
Bill Keithler
Nov 07, 2013 Bill Keithler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume, along with its companion edition Once Upon A Time, is one of the best Dylan biographies to emerge in recent years. The books (Once Upon A Time covers Dylan's early life and career up to the release of Blood On The Tracks, Time Out Of Mind continues through the release of 2012's Tempest) combine biography and critical analysis in equal parts, and provide social and historical context not unlike the recent Beatles biography Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould (2008, Three Rivers ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
I didn't read Bell's first book on Dylan, though I may. I started this sone, not really expecting to finish it, as I've read most every book on Dylan. It was a mixed bag; where Bell really got serious about discussing the albums and songs, it was for the most part fascinating. His discussion of the songs on Desire, especially Hurricane, was great, as was the discussion of the Christian songs, especially their disastrous theology. But between those discussions were a lot of not biography, but ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Reid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Bell's Time Out Of Mind is the second part of his two-book Dylan 'biography', though it certainly isn't that in the traditional sense, which was refreshing. Bell combines biography with critical evaluation as well as artistic interpretation and critique.

I did not identify with this one as much as his first part, Once Upon A Time. Not as a result of disagreeing with his opinions on certain albums and songs (though I did at times), but found the writing a little dense and over-wrought in place
Amanda Rose
Sometimes snotty, sometimes insightful (usually both at once), much of it totally banal but in the worst kind of smartarse way - it's chief virtue is being a close study of the much neglected 80s/90s/00s decades (didn't bother with Volume I on the 60s, the next book on Dylan in the 60s I'll read hasn't been written yet.)

As I listened to it on audiobook I'm obliged to knock off stars because the narrator (who is otherwise fine) does a Dylan "impression" every time he reads a Bobby quote or lyric
Nov 10, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, taking reader through the recent phases of Dylans work. Shed light on some details for me. Found some of his critique objectionable or dismissive but Bell mananged to keep it real enough to maintain my interest. Read the first one first if you can or have time, I didn't and probably won't. However will track down and watch " Masked and Anonymous " after having read this. Feel now that I've let go of previously delusional obssessions about his poetic 'genius', hopefully . That ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok
Just as with volume I, Ian Bell loves the sound of his own prose and drags out each chapter needlessly. Fortunately he does succeed in explaining Dylan's rises and falls up to 2013 in a far more compelling way than in volume I. Or maybe I just learned how to read his writing and get past the inevitable frustrations due to his geeky self-involvement and/or geeky involvement in the Dylan-absorbed community. In any case, Bell gets enough right so as to make it a useful, if tedious read on many ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Sherry rated it really liked it
I have not read this book to be honest. However, I was very excited to win it from a goodreads giveaway. I have many happy memories of pouring of Bob Dylan's lyrics in a book with my father. My father is deceased now but this book made me smile, thinking how much he would enjoy it.
Sep 17, 2014 Juan rated it really liked it
This is a compelling account of the ways in which the musician, and popular taste, and the world itself have changed –Wonderful reading.

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you !
Peter Pinkney
May 07, 2016 Peter Pinkney rated it it was amazing
Like the first book, absolutely brilliant. Ian Bell was a very clever man. Insightful, mischievous and a real fan of Dylan. A critical fan, but a big fan. I can't praise this book highly enough
Jan 01, 2016 Rick rated it it was amazing
Excellent analysis of Dylan's career from about 1970 to the present. Very detailed and highly interesting.
Feb 28, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
The second part of this massive bio/cultural studies-- intriguing, despite the harsh opinions/judgments. One of the better Bob books out there.
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