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Overview

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.

Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan.

Click here to read an interview with Michael Gray:

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"Michael Gray... probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." — New York Review of Books

 

"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. ... Insightful and
entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy."
 -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"...has all you need to know, and more" -Richard Corliss, Time

 

"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted." -Village Voice

 

"Deeply impressive...destined to be the most important Dylan book, bar none."-Gerry Smith, The Dylan Daily

 

"Utterly idiosyncratic." -Janet Maslin, New York Times

 

"Amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Door-stopping detail." -Toronto Star

"Magnificent...won't just astonish readers with its detail about Dylan's work...contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and a personality study."
 -Nashville City Paper

"Comprehensive and up-to-date."
 -Slate


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If any popular musician merits an 800-plus page encyclopedia, it is Bob Dylan. This massive effort covers many of his songs, albums, and film work, as well as just about every personality associated with the folk singer/rock star. But this is no dry reference tome: Dylan expert Gray (Mother: The Frank Zappa Story; Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan) writes in the brash and opinionated style often associated with the British popular music press (he is, after all, a Briton). For example, writing of Dylan's onetime lover Joan Baez, he notes the "strident gauchery of her rigid delivery." While he praises Robbie Robertson's "intelligent, never-faltering, beguiling guitar work," he chides the "ego and domination" of his takeover of the Band in the post-Dylan years. Entries also cover diverse influences from Bertold Brecht to T.S. Eliot to Blind Willie Johnson. Bottom Line Gray freely quotes from a variety of sources, in addition to relying on his own considerable knowledge, helpfully including source notes at the end of most entries. Overall, this is an amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work. Recommended for larger public and all music libraries. [The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will host an exhibit on Bob Dylan through September; Gray will speak at the museum on August 30. Ed.] Dave Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826429742
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 1,138,763
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.89 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author


MICHAEL GRAY is a distinguished critic, writer &broadcaster. He graduated in History &English Literature at York University, England, in the 1960s, where he studied under the controversial, brilliant critic Professor F. R. Leavis, and where as a student journalist he interviewed, among others, the eminent British historian A. J. P. Taylor and the legendary American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. His pioneering study of Bob Dylan's work, Song &Dance Man, first published in the 1970s in Britain, America and Japan, was the first full-length critical study of this crucial 20th Century cultural figure. It is now recognised as a classic in its field. A selection of pieces on Dylan, All Across The Telegraph: A Bob Dylan Handbook, published in 1987, was co-edited by Gray and included work by several distinguished academics in the fields of English &American Literature and Music. In 1996, Michael Gray co-authored The Elvis Atlas: A Journey Through Elvis Presley's America, published in hardback in New York by Henry Holt. The massive Song &Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan was published by Continuum in March 2000. A special reprint appeared in the US in April 2001, when Gray delivered talks at a number of US universities; a fourth reprint was published in New York and London in 2002 and a fifth in 2004. Michael Gray is recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan and is an expert on rock'n'roll history and the blues, with a special interest in pre-war blues. Please visit his blog at http://bobdylanencyclopedia.blogspot.com.
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