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Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1974-2006

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The second of two volumes, this companion to every song that Bob Dylan ever wrote is not just opinionated commentary or literary interpretation: it consists of facts first and foremost. Together these two volumes form the most comprehensive books available on Dylan's words. Clinton Heylin is the world's leading Dylan biographer and expert, and he has arranged the songs in ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Chicago Review Press (first published April 1st 2010)
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Paul Bryant
[This review, like this book, continues from the review of Revolution in the Air]

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Dylan started his songwriting, tentatively, as a plagiarist and is finishing, magnificently, as a plagiarist.


WHAT DYLAN STOLE

1) HE ROBBED FOLK AND BLUES BLIND


When you're a folkie you are allowed, nay, expected to steal because that's the folk process. So you take a tune from there and some lines from here and stir em up with a new guitar intro and a harmony et voila, new folk song. So Dylan cranked out a whole l
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Tom
I think I liked this more than the first volume, mostly because the '60s songs have been discussed to death. They're the first Dylan everyone hears (I assume), and they're often what everyone fixates on. But, as Heylin's two-volume examination of six hundred Dylan originals demonstrates, the man has a lot more worthy music. So a book that works its way from Blood on the Tracks to Modern Times is almost guaranteed to hold some surprises.

First, though, my complaints. As in the first book, Heylin's
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Jesse
Like the first book in this series, "Revolution in the Air," Heylin takes on the forensic task of writing about every Bob Dylan song in an attempt to figure out the order in which Dylan wrote them. Here Heylin tackles 1974-2006, which means he's writing about a few key albums, but also the '80s, unquestionably the most questionable period of Dylan's songwriting career. But that's also much of the fun, since Heylin is working within a fairly untrodden era compared to the well-documented '60s & ...more
Steve
Along with the first volume, this may be the most important book to date about Dylan. Deals chronologically with every song known to be written by Dylan, telling when known the story of its composition and recording. You don't have to always agree with Heylin to appreciate that he's speaking from a place of deep knowledge. Unlike other books about the songs, Heylin doesn't consider them frozen at the time of writing, but also talks about how Bob changed them in performance over the years, with g ...more
Kimberly
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A read for the rabid Dylan freak, not the casual fan. Detailed song-by-song analysis of Dylan's canon from Blood on the Tracks to Modern Times. The only problem with this book is the author's insertion of his own very strong opinions about certain songs (or versions of songs), which not all fans may share.
Holly Foley (Procida)
Ah, my non-abandon tendency was stressed through this one. I don't especially like Bob Dylan's music, so one would think this wasn't a great choice for me to read. (One would be right) On the up side, I know so much more about the process of recording songs than I ever imagined.
Ryan Gellman
Heylin is brilliant, arrogant, knowledgable, frustrating, erudite, opinionated and about 10,000 other things. But I just can't imagine where he gets all of this fascinating information. Both books were a fascinating trip for a Dylan freak.
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