Bob Dylan in America

Bob Dylan in America

by Sean Wilentz
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Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz

A unique look at Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan's place in American cultural history through unprecedented access to Dylan's studio tapes, recording notes, and rare photographs.

Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan.
 
Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the emerging artist as he develops a body of work unique in America’s cultural history. Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, and rare photographs, he places Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.

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ISBN-13: 9780767931793
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 473,170
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. He is the author of The Rise of American Democracy, which received the coveted Bancroft Prize, and most recently of The Age of Reagan. The historian-in-residence for Bob Dylan’s official We site, he has also received a Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary and a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to Bootleg Series, Vol. 6: Bob Dylan, Live 1964: The Concert at Philharmonic Hall.

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Bob Dylan in America 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
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Sean Wilentz's book is a great read not only for Dylan fans but for readers with an interest in creating a musical timeline. The author traces Dylan's influences through country, folk, spiritual threads both musically and lyrically. Along the way, he takes us into the worlds of several noteworthy personages ranging from Civil War poet Henry Timrod to bluesman Blind Willie McTell. Wilentz provides an essentially fair-minded view of Dylan's work, noting its importance in a professional, non-gushing tone of voice. His analysis of the Rolling Thunder Review is one of the book's highlights.
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