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Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads
     

Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads

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by Greil Marcus
 

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ISBN-10: 158648382X

ISBN-13: 9781586483821

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: PublicAffairs


Greil Marcus saw Bob Dylan for the first time in a New Jersey field in 1963. He didn't know the name of the scruffy singer who had a bit part in a Joan Baez concert, but he knew his performance was unique. So began a dedicated and enduring relationship between America's finest critic of popular music— "simply peerless," in Nick Hornby's words, "not only as a

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Greil Marcus saw Bob Dylan for the first time in a New Jersey field in 1963. He didn't know the name of the scruffy singer who had a bit part in a Joan Baez concert, but he knew his performance was unique. So began a dedicated and enduring relationship between America's finest critic of popular music— "simply peerless," in Nick Hornby's words, "not only as a rock writer but as a cultural historian"— and Bob Dylan, who in 2016 won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In Like A Rolling Stone Marcus locates Dylan's six-minute masterwork in its richest, fullest context, capturing the heady atmosphere of the recording studio in 1965 as musicians and technicians clustered around the mercurial genius from Minnesota, the young Bob Dylan at the height of his powers.

But Marcus shows how, far from being a song only of 1965, "Like a Rolling Stone" is rooted in faraway American places and times, drawing on timeless cultural impulses that make the song as challenging, disruptive, and restless today as it ever was, capable of reinvention by artists as disparate as the comedian Richard Belzer and the Italian hip-hop duo Articolo 31. "Like a Rolling Stone" never loses its essential quality, which is directly to challenge the listener: it remains a call to arms and a demand for a better world. Forty years later it is still revolutionary as will and idea, as an attack and an embrace. How Does it Feel? In this unique, burningly intense book, Marcus tells you, and much more besides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586483821
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
654,874
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue1
Part 1
The Day Kennedy Was Shot13
Top 40 Nation35
The Man in the Phone Booth47
Part 2
San Jose Idol69
Once Upon a Time87
In the Air93
Part 3
On the Air135
Three Stages153
Democracy in America165
Swinging London177
One More Time185
Epilogue203
Works Cited227
Acknowledgments265
Index269

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