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From the Publisher"One of the most enlightening of the 115 titles currently weighingdown my groaning Zim bookshelf ... Readers are lucky that an expertfellow fan has applied his specialist insight to create anoriginal, compelling explanation of the 'Bob Dylan' phenomenon. Andthat he’s done so with such an accessible and stylishlywritten book."
"A rich, highly readable cultural history of popular music fromthe early 1960s to the present, read through and around Dylan'sremarkable public career."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"Marshall has an excellent grasp of what rock music has meantwithin popular culture and how it has changed over time, and givesin this book the clearest explanation I have ever come across ofrock’s (and therefore Dylan’s) place withinpost-modernism. Moreover, he really knows his Dylan."
"A landmark new study of the star's career."
Bristol Evening Post
"As Lee Marshall shows us, plenty is left to say about Dylan andhis many personas ... An inventive and captivating study of Dylanthat not only looks at his folk years but also examines his currentface."
"Finally, a Bob Dylan book that is refreshingly bereft of 1960snostalgia: Lee Marshall challenges much received wisdom by arguingthat Dylan’s touring and performances since the late 1980sare central to his music. This is an important book. It representsa major contribution to studies of stardom and a provocativeintervention into debates about the art and identity of BobDylan."
Keith Negus, Goldsmiths, University of London
"This is a remarkable book, one of the few truly original waysof looking at Bob Dylan that I've seen in recent years. WhatMarshall gives you is not so much fresh interpretations ofindividual Dylan songs, but rather a completely rethought contextfor understanding the whole of Dylan's career, analysing the socialand cultural structures which both constrained and enabled Dylan'screativity. By concentrating on the phenomenon of Dylan as a"star," Marshall opens up many fascinating approaches, not least(in the strongest passages of the book) in his brilliant discussionof the Never Ending Tour. This book will be a critical benchmarkfor Dylan scholars, as well as a provocative delight for fans ofrock's definitive star."
Stephen Scobie, author of Alias Bob DylanRevisited