The Dylan Tapes


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Introduction: Anthony Scaduto’s Basement Tapes -- Stephanie Trudeau

Girl from the North Country -- Echo Helstrom, Martha Helstrom

Free Wheelin’ Dinkytown -- Gretel Hoffman, David Whitaker, Spider John Koerner

Blowin’ in the Wind -- Mike Porco, Dave Van Ronk, Terri Thal

Hey, Hey Woody Guthrie -- Sid and Bob Gleason

Mr. Tambourine Man -- The Clancy Brothers (Pat and Tom Clancy), Phil Ochs, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Boots of Spanish Leather -- Suze Rotolo, Carla Rotolo, Peter Karmen

Positively 4th Street -- Miki Isaakson, John Hammond, Sr.

Bringing It All Back Home -- Carolyn Hester, Eric Von Schmidt and Barry Kornfeld

Like a Rolling Stone -- Izzy Young, Carl Ogelsby

Visions of Johanna -- Joan Baez

Another Side of Bob Dylan -- Bob Dylan

Afterword: New Morning -- Stephanie Trudeau


About the Author

Anthony Scaduto (1932–2017) was a journalist and biographer of rock musicians who also wrote under the name Tony Sciacca. Along with his landmark Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography, he wrote biographies of Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy, as well as Scapegoat, an investigation into the trial of Richard Hauptmann and his execution for the kidnapping and death of Charles Lindbergh’s son in which he uncovered evidence that strongly suggested Hauptmann’s innocence. 

A celebrated actress, singer, and writer, Stephanie Trudeau met Anthony Scaduto in 1972 and was his wife and research assistant from 1978 until his death.


"Tony Scaduto was my teacher. As a young reporter I was awed by his ability to find new angles others had missed. To enlighten and move within the confines of the newspaper style. Later, I saw how he applied obsessive concern with accuracy, meticulous research, and the revelatory probings of a brief interview to fashion what remains the definitive biography. (And Dylan's favorite.) Anyone interested in journalism should read the book and the tapes together to get an insight into the methods of a master."—Heywood Gould "Anthony Scaduto’s seminal biography on Dylan was the first one I read. I’ll never forget coming across the line, ‘He created a new identity every step of the way in order to create identity.’ For me it was a eureka moment, this idea of Dylan creating and recreating identity, and of identity itself as something mutable and ever-changing, that would lead to the concept for my film biography, I’m Not There."—Todd Haynes

"Scaduto’s Bob Dylan is considered one of the best biographies of the iconic singer/songwriter. These insightful interviews are like pieces to a puzzle that the author ably wove together. For Dylan fans, it’s like revisiting an old friend."—Kirkus Reviews   "The Dylan Tapes is a behind-the-scenes view of one of modern music’s true legends- and of one of the first long-form pieces of music journalism. "—Foreword   "The life and music of the now 80-year-old Bob Dylan has been analyzed, dissected, dug into, debated, argued about and postulated on perhaps more than any other musical artist. But what The Dylan Tapes has that most of them don’t are the raw and then-relatively recent thoughts and memories of those where there, and early on in the journey."—Houston Press   "This how-the-sausage-is-made collection has some illuminating comments from Joan Baez, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and the elusive bard himself that will intrigue Dylanologists."—StarTribune   "Written in a Q&A format, the book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Scaduto's landmark book, as well as close-up encounters with a couple dozen key figures in Dylan's life."—Minnesota Alumni   "The raw material and interviews behind Anthony Scaduto’s iconic biography of Bob Dylan draw an intimate and multifaceted portrait of the singer-songwriter who defined his era. "—KTNF AM  

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