Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary

Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary

by Tim Riley
     
 

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Hard Rain ranges over thirty years of Bob Dylan's recordings, films, and concerts to deliver astute insights into - and sometimes heretical judgements of - his prodigious corpus of work. This updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines Dylan's thirtieth anniversary celebration in 1992; his albums Good As I Been to You, World Gone Wrong, and Time Out of Mind:… See more details below

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Hard Rain ranges over thirty years of Bob Dylan's recordings, films, and concerts to deliver astute insights into - and sometimes heretical judgements of - his prodigious corpus of work. This updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines Dylan's thirtieth anniversary celebration in 1992; his albums Good As I Been to You, World Gone Wrong, and Time Out of Mind: his 1997 performance before the Pope; and his Grammy Award-winning comeback.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Riley eloquently but incompletely examines rock legend Bob Dylan's three decades of inconsistent work, bootleg recordings and continuous concerts. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Unlike most Dylan books--which are either biographies like Clinton Heylin's Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades ( LJ 6/1/91) or lists of some sort--Riley ( Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary , Knopf, 1988) here provides a critical examination of this thorniest of modern musicians. Riley goes beyond the obvious; for example, Woody Guthrie's influence on Dylan is well documented, but Riley examines not only how Guthrie inspired Dylan but what Dylan does differently from Guthrie and who else falls into his inspirational canon (Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Hank Williams). Riley knows music, and his descriptions are marvelous, especially of the 1966-75 era ( Blonde on Blonde , The Basement Tapes , Planet Waves , Blood on the Tracks , and the 1966 and 1974 tours). He also is thankfully unafraid to be disparaging; unlike Heylin, he has very little that is nice to say about Dylan's post-1975 work. Riley's flaws are mainly stylistic; he tends to repeat himself and has an unfortunate fondness for the word bromide. Still, this is an incisive work. Essential for most music collections.-- Keith R.A. DeCandido, ``Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394578897
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/04/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
356

Meet the Author


Tim Riley is a web producer, campus speaker, and pianist. His music criticism has appeared in the Washington Post, in Boston magazine, and on National Public Radio. He is also a music commentator for NPR's "Here and Now." He lives in Boston.

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