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Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary

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Hard Rain ranges over thirty years of Bob Dylan's recordings, films, and concerts to deliver astute insights into—and sometimes heretical judgements of—his prodigious corpus of work. This updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines Dylan's thirtieth anniversary celebration in 1992; his albums Good As I Been to You, World Gone Wrong, and Time Out of Mind; his 1997 ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 2nd 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published 1992)
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For Dylan fans only, but a real deep dive for those who want to go there. Riley analyzes the music, the bands, the songs, the singing and of course the lyrics for Dylan's work -- including some live performances and bootlegs -- from the beginning up to the first volume of The Bootleg Series. He looks at attitudes towards women, the media, the fans, and concludes a lot of those breakup/relationshippy songs have at least two meanings, and one of them is always Dylan's attitude towards his fans. Ab ...more
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NPR CRITIC, AUTHOR, PIANIST, and SPEAKER TIM RILEY reviews pop and classical music for NPR's HERE AND NOW, and has written for the HUFFINGTON POST, THE WASHINGTON POST, SLATE.COM and SALON.COM. He was trained as a classical pianist at Oberlin and Eastman, and remains among the few critics who writes about both "high" and "low" culture and their overlapping concerns.

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