Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution

Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution

by Jon Friedman
     
 

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Forget About Today shows a side of Bob Dylan that most people - from fans to skeptics - have never seen. Rather than another gossipy account of his romances, finances, or family, journalist Jon Friedman offers a new perspective on Dylan's revolutionary and enduring legacy through an intimate look at the mystery behind Dylan's success. Bob Dylan has been a pop

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Forget About Today shows a side of Bob Dylan that most people - from fans to skeptics - have never seen. Rather than another gossipy account of his romances, finances, or family, journalist Jon Friedman offers a new perspective on Dylan's revolutionary and enduring legacy through an intimate look at the mystery behind Dylan's success. Bob Dylan has been a pop culture mainstay for more than 50 years as a poet, songwriter, and performer. Yet from his decision to go electric while everyone clung to his folk roots to his shocking appearance on a Victoria's Secret commercial, critics have predicted Dylan's demise every step of the way. Each time, he's proven legions of doubters wrong, never letting anyone keep him from accomplishing goals - on his terms. Featuring exclusive insights from Dylan's most trusted confidants, Forget About Today provides a unique look at Dylan's life and career while it distills valuable advice from one of the music world's most revolutionary artists and entrepreneurs.

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Publishers Weekly
Veteran business journalist and music enthusiast Friedman (House of Cards: Inside the Troubled Empire of American Express, co-author) offers a fresh take on Bob Dylan, making a case for the superstar as self-help guru alongside a thoughtful accounting of the reasons behind his lasting success. Combining research and reportage with the reverence and zeal of a devoted fan, Friedman shows how the artist's deliberate and controversial personal and artistic decisions and propensity for fearless, courageous action—moving from Minnesota to New York City; changing his name (from Robert Zimmerman); going electric after finding success as a folk performer; and engaging in a process of constant collaboration and innovation despite the threat of criticism or abandonment by his followers and peers—offers valuable lessons about personal invention (and reinvention), satisfaction, and success. A fast read for fans or anyone seeking inspired tips for fuller living, Friedman's meditation on Dylan elucidates the meaning of art as a way of life and heralds the challenges and rewards of being one's true self. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399537547
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com of Dow Jones and contributes to The Wall Street Journal's entertainment/media/culture blog, Speakeasy, as well as the New York Times Sunday Business and Magazine sections. He has taught "Discussing Dylan" at the New School in New York City.

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