Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary [NOOK Book]


Ranging over 30 years of Bob Dylan recordings, films, and concerts, this updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines his 30th anniversary celebration and his 1998 Grammy Award comeback.
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Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary

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Ranging over 30 years of Bob Dylan recordings, films, and concerts, this updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines his 30th anniversary celebration and his 1998 Grammy Award comeback.
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Editorial Reviews

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''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307773043
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 402 KB

Meet the Author

Tim Riley

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Talking New York 29
Bob Dylan (1962) 35
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) 52
The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964) 67
2 Down the Highway 80
Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964) 82
Bringing It All Back Home (1965) 95
Don't Look Back (1967) 110
Highway 61 Revisited (1965) 118
3 Mona Lisa's Highway Blues 126
Blonde on Blonde (1966) 127
1966 Tour 144
4 Clothesline Sagas 155
The Basement Tapes (recorded 1967-68, released 1975) 156
5 Retro Man 170
John Wesley Harding (1967) 171
Nashville Skyline (1969) 185
6 Sign on the Window 191
Self-Portait (1970) 192
Dylan (1973) 192
New Morning (1970) 201
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (1971) 201
The Concert for Bangla Desh (1971) (1971) 201
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) 201
7 Napoleon in Rags 212
Planet Waves (1974) 213
Before the Flood (1974) 219
8 Back in the Rain 228
Blood on the Tracks (1975) 229
9 Idiot Wind 244
Desire (1973) 245
Hard Rain (1976) 251
Rolling Thunder Revue tour, including the film Ronaldo and Clara (1978) 251
The Last Waltz (1978) 251
10 Temporary Like Achilles 261
11 Epilogue: 1992-1998 297
Discography 307
Selected Bibliography 335
Acknowledgments 341
Index 343
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  • Posted December 22, 2011


    One of the best books on Dylan and his music. Takes an album-by-album approach, and looks at the music in an accessible and critical way, as well as in the context of the particular point in Dylan's career in which each album was made. Eminently readable, Riley's prose is engaging and his thoughts are well-formed and sensible. Unfortunately, not updated past Dylan's early-90's output, it is still an essential guide for fans looking for more than just a record review, and less than a biography. Sections listing Dylan's discography and some bootlegs are a bonus.

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