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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537547
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 814,002
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Friedman is the Media Web columnist for MarketWatch.com. He has written about all phases of business, from Wall Street to media, for Bloomberg News, BusinessWeek, and USA Today, and his freelance stories have appeared in the New York Times. He is the co-author of House of Cards: Inside the Troubled Empire of American Express.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    This book sounds like a terrible idea.

    This book sounds like a terrible idea.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Whether you're a Dylan fanatic or find his singing grating, this

    Whether you're a Dylan fanatic or find his singing grating, this book has something your you. Jon ties together Dylan's life, times, and motivations to offer new insights into Bob Dylan and indeed into succeeding in one's own endeavors. Jon's approach of drawing life lessons from Dylan's career rather than his lyrics is particularly original and thought provoking. Of course, Jon draws on other works [How could any book about Dylan not acknowledge the vast treasure trove of existing studies?], but he brings his own style and analysis to bear. In short, it's a great read and well worth the modest cost.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    i have not read the book, but i will, i juss wana say, bobby we

    i have not read the book, but i will, i juss wana say, bobby we need to talk : )) <))>< G^D luv,s You ! ))

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