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The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan

Mammoth Books

By Sean Egan

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Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 20 November 2005
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Bob Dylan's impact on popular music has been incalculable. Having transformed staid folk music into a vehicle for coruscating social commentary, he then swept away the romantic platitudes of rock 'n' roll with his searing intellect.From the zeitgeist-encapsulating protest of 'Blowin' in the Wind' to the streetwise venom of 'Like a Rolling Stone', and from the stunning mid-sixties trilogy of albums - Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde - to Time Out of Mind, his stunning if world-weary comeback at the age of 56, Dylan's genius has endured, underpinned by the dazzling turn of phrase that has made him the pre-eminent poet of popular music.Because Dylan's achievements have no equal, his career is the most chronicled in rock history. Here, Sean Egan presents a selection of the best writing on Dylan, both praise and criticism. Interviews, essays, features and reviews from Dylan intimates and scholars such as John Bauldie, Michael Gray, Nat Hentoff and Jules Siegel are interspersed with new narrative and reviews of every single album to create a comprehensive picture of the artist whose chimes of freedom still resound.

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The fullest ever anthology of writing about rock's greatest poet.

About the Author

Sean Egan is a journalist, author and editor specializing in popular culture and sport. He has written for, among others, Billboard, Record Collector and He has written or edited 11 books, including works on The Animals, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. His novel, Sick of Being Me, was published in 2003, and a collection of short stories, Don't Mess with the Best, in 2008.


A great book ... as discursive and illuminating as any recent book on Dylan I've read. * Craig McGregor, author of 'Bob Dylan: A Retrospective' * Fascinating and hilarious anecdotes. * Jewish Chronicle * Manages to catch some of Dylan's magic. * Catholic Herald *

EAN: 9781849014663
ISBN: 1849014663
Publisher: Robinson
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.4 x 3.5 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Bob Dylan transformed not only folk music, but rock ’n’ roll as a whole: he brought the intellectualism of folk lyrics to a genre still dominated by romantic conventions. From the phenomenal commercial success of his 1965 epic, gritty single “Like a Rolling Stone” to Time Out of Mind, rock’s first treatise on mortality, in 1997, Dylan has been fearlessly breaking new ground. The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan explores his phenomenal legacy in over 500 pages of Dylan exposé!

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