The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

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Daniel Mark Epstein draws on in-depth interviews with musicians and artists from Ramblin Jack Elliott, Woody Guthrie s daughter and archivist, Nora, and celebrated film-maker Donn Pennebaker to the musicians of the Never Ending Tour. The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid portrait, nuanced and insightful, of the greatest songwriter of the twentieth-century. Through first-hand accounts, reportage and a wealth of interviews with those who have known him for decades The Ballad of Bob Dylan is the most detailed picture yet of Dylan s prolific work. The author quotes extensively from Dylan s songs a treat rarely granted, his fresh analysis of the lyrics is the foundation of this book. Beginning with Dylan s early concerts, to touring with the Grateful Dead where Dylan revived his career (under the influence of Jerry Garcia) to the recording of Time Out of Mind in 1997 and his 2009 tour, The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a perceptive and lyrical account of Dylan s decades of changes.

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HardCover Pub Date: 2011. Pages: 512 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Drawing on revelatory interviews. a rich analysis of lyrics and a lifelong study of one of the greatest songwriters of our time. Daniel Mark Epstein delivers a singular. nuanced. and insightful examination of Bob Dylan-the poet. the musician. and the man. Interweaving in-depth conversations with Dylan collaborators and contemporaries. including Eric Andersen. Tom Paxton. Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie. Ramblin 'Jack Elliott. Pete Seeger. Maria Muldaur. John P. Hammond. and many others. Epstein crafts a vivid and unforgettable portrait of the inimitable poet and performer. Readers of Christopher Ricks' Dylan's Visions of Sin. the Dylan autobiography. Chronicles. or Sean Wilentz's Dylan in America. as well as fans enthralled by expository musician stories. such as Keith Richards' Life and Patti ...

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Epstein is a musician and poet as well as an acclaimed biographer, and his appreciation of Dylan s art is subtle and multi-layered... Daniel Epstein s thoughtful examination of Dylan s life and work... will send you back to his music with your ears reopened and your mind refreshed. --Mail on Sunday

Refreshingly direct biography of the indefatigably charismatic folk singer --Sunday Times

Epstein combines the skills of an experienced historian and the literary flair of a novelist... A highly readable and memorable addition to every fan s bookshelf. --The Bridge

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