Encounters with Bob Dylan: If You See Him, Say Hello

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Though he's spent nearly 40 years in the spotlight, Bob Dylan remains one of more enigmatic and reclusive public figures. Here are 50 first-person accounts of fans who have had a close encounter--usually face-to-face--with the 20th Century's most influential songwriter. The contributors come from around the world, and some have recognizable names. Collectively, their stories provid compelling, sometimes amusing, insight into Dylan's long and ...
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Overview

Though he's spent nearly 40 years in the spotlight, Bob Dylan remains one of more enigmatic and reclusive public figures. Here are 50 first-person accounts of fans who have had a close encounter--usually face-to-face--with the 20th Century's most influential songwriter. The contributors come from around the world, and some have recognizable names. Collectively, their stories provid compelling, sometimes amusing, insight into Dylan's long and complicated relationship with his legion of admirers. Includes many previously unpublished photographs.

About The Editor
Editor/compiler Tracy Johnson is a freelance writer who currently lives in San Francisco.
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Alex Green
Encounters with Bob Dylan is a great concept, carried out with a perfect balance of reverence and genuine enthusiasm endemic only to ardent fans. Complimenting the text are twenty-four illustrations, more than half of them previously unpublished photos of Dylan that tell as much about him as the text does. Although Dylan is never interviewed, and only spoken of, the cumulative effect of these fifty observational accounts brings into focus a man who is normally enigmatic and impossible to pin down. The Dylan you could only know if knew him purely by accident is the Dylan that emerges, and he is positively weird, cool, and fascinating.
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Eric a. Schoeveld
This is a unique book-no lyrical interpretations, no biography, just 50 stories from fans (and/or fellow musicians) who encountered Bob Dylan at some point in their lives from the early sixties to the late nineties. Dylan comes across as a somewhat shy, private, though very friendly person, and not the bully to his fans the press wants him to be. All in all, this book is a very entertaining read that really shows 'another side of Bob Dylan.' It should be on every Dylan fan's bookshelf, not only because of the stories, but also for the photos, some of which have never been published before.
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John Wesley Harding
The perfectly good idea behind this book is to let the fans speak for themselves. Previous Dylan books have tended to be biographical, the analytical, or the severely trainspottery, and so this book should be a breath of fresh air. Fans will recognize themselves here. If that is at times embarrassing, it can also be endearing and revealing. My favorite story is the one about the guy who needs to see Bob on TV so bad that he temporarily becomes a nudist to do so. That's a good metaphor for being a fan; You do embarrassing things and think nothing of it. The most telling parts of the book have nothing to do with Bob and everything to do with the storytellers.
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Ken Burke
People from all walks of life share their respective tales about meeting the enigmatic Bob Dylan in this surprisingly entertaining volume. In nearly every case, a tale is told of people so moved by Dylan's work that even a nod or insult deeply affects their lives. Tracy Johnson's deft editing simultaneously respects the subjects' stories and the reader's need to quickly get to the heart of the matter. In the process, she has fashioned a book which is almost as fascinating and quirky as Dylan himself.
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Midwest Book Review
Encounters with Bob Dylan is the first biography to examine his life and career from his fans' perspectives. [It is] must reading for all Dylan fans and serves as an example of 'fan history' that would work admirably for other influential public figures. Midwest Book Review
Publishers Weekly
These firsthand accounts give insight into the complexity of Dylan's 40-plus-year relationship with his admirers, revealing the strains of being a cultural icon.
San Francisco Examiner Magazine
Amusingly unpretentious.
Twist and Shake
There are sackloads of entertaining tales to be digested in this book, which should be read by anyone with even the slightest interest in Bob Dylan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964700925
  • Publisher: Humble Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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