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Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan

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Michael Gray's 'Song and Dance Man III', on Bob Dylan's life and work, offers studies of Dylan's' entire oeuvre, and the ever-popular album-by-album guide has also been extensively updated and extended.
Paperback, 944 pages
Published October 21st 2002 by Continuum (first published January 28th 1972)
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The first seven chapters of this edition are the original edition (first published 1972). I read the 1981 edition with photos, which I enjoyed back in 1981. There are thirteen additional chapters in Song and Dance Man III, four times the size of the original.
I'm putting aside this expanded edition to resume sometime later. I have a few books I want to concentrate on at the moment. It's not the right time or headspace at present for me.

Michael Gray is obviously knowledgeable. I think this book m
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Clinton Heylin is your go-to guy for biographical data on Bob Dylan, but this is the book to read (and re- re- re-read) for thoughtful, thoroughly researched analysis of the roots of his multifaceted artistry. Without indulging in the free-associative hocus-pocus of Greil Marcus, or the fanboy gushing of Paul Williams, Gray delves into Dylan's use of blues forms, Biblical allusions, and even nursery rhymes. Whole chapters here could be published as books in their own right. Gray also avoids the ...more
Skylar Burris
Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, biography
This book offers a careful analysis of Bob Dylan's work and influences, both literary and musical. It's Bob Dylan for lit majors, basically, so naturally I found much to appreciate. On the downside, I would have appreciated it if the author didn't use the footnotes for his political rants, and I think his anti-Evangelical prejudice makes it difficult for him to fairly or deeply analyze the songs from Slow Train, Saved, and Shot of Love. He dismisses "Are You Ready?" because it is more shallow th ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you even think about reading this book, you've gone off the deep end. More power to you! The deepest, richest trove of Dylanology to grace this earth, singlehandedly justifying the nobel prize years before he won it, veined with intertextual references and respect for the tradition. A knockout.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I came across that treated Dylan's songs the way a literary scholar would. For someone like me whose life has been changed in many ways by Bob's work, Michael Gray's book was a ceaseless source of interest. I came away from it with a new realization that Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing had a scholar's brain, that during his teen years he rapidly stored up so much arcane knowledge about American folk and blues music that he was able to harness that knowledge to his own creativi ...more
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Dylan fans
Shelves: dylan, music, criticism
Extended, passionate and persuasive analysis of how Dylan's music and lyrics owe more than one might think not just to folk music but to southern American blues. Many incisive and thoughtful discussions of particular songs.
Corey Preston
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
sort of dense, very pretentious, but endlessly fascinating.
Adib vahdani
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
great as bob himself?
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Looking for an obsessive analysis of Dylan's work? Look no further. Curl up with your collection of box sets and bootlegs and get to work.
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900 pages = TMI
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
m. & i read this one together
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Michael Gray is a critic, writer, public speaker & broadcaster recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan, and as an expert on rock’n’roll history. He also has a special interest in pre-war blues, and in travel.

He grew up near Liverpool, England, went to the Cavern, and graduated from the University of York with a BA in History & English in 1967, having interviewed (as a stud
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