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Bob Dylan: Performing Artist: The Early Years 1960-1973

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  213 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews

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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Taylor W. Rushing
Feb 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This guy is an ass. The book has awesome consistent facts, but he disses on Nashville Skyline. Nobody disses on Nashville Skyline.
Jeff Suwak
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
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.
Dan Geddes
Feb 22, 2013 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.
Jan 13, 2008 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.
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read no other books on Bob Dylan to compare this to, but I really enjoyed reading it!
M. Sarki
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Williams does a very good job of getting into the creative process, the times, and the life of Bob Dylan.
Seth Rogovoy
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Paul Williams's books in this series are terrific.
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