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Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina

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Tenth Anniversary EditionThe story of how four young bohemians on the make - Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina - converged in Greenwich Village, fell into love, and invented a sound and a style that are one of the most lasting legacies of the 1960s

When Bob Dylan, age twenty-five, wrecked his motorcycle on the side of a road near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was recognized as a genius, a youth idol, and the authentic voice of the counterculture: and Greenwich Village, where he first made his mark as a protest singer with an acid wit and a barbwire throat, was unquestionably the center of youth culture.

So embedded are Dylan and the Village in the legend of the Sixties--one of the most powerful legends we have these days--that it is easy to forget how it all came about. In Positively Fourth Street, David Hajdu, whose 1995 biography of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn was the best and most popular music book in many seasons, tells the story of the emergence of folk music from cult practice to popular and enduring art form as the story of a colorful foursome: not only Dylan but his part-time lover Joan Baez - the first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimi - beautiful, haunted, and an artist in her own right; and her husband Richard Farina, a comic novelist (Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me) who invented the worldliwise bohemian persona that Dylan adopted--some say stole--and made as his own.

The story begins in the plain Baez split-level house in a Boston suburb, moves to the Cambridge folk scene, Cornell University (where Farina ran with Thomas Pynchon), and the University of Minnesota (where Robert Zimmerman christened himself Bob Dylan and swapped his electric guitar for an acoustic and a harmonica rack) before the four protagonists converge in New York.

Based on extensive new interviews and full of surprising revelations, Positively Fourth Street is that rare book with a new story to tell about the 1960s. It is, in a sense, a book about the Sixties before they were the Sixties--about how the decade and all that it is now associated with it were created in a fit of collective inspiration, with an energy and creativity that David Hajdu captures on the page as if for the first time.

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In Hajdu's biography of an art form, in the early 1960s the lives of sisters Joan and Mimi Baez intersected with those of Bob Dylan and the novelist Richard Farina; in the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, the four charismatic artists and activists drew in a generation as they helped turn folk music from a quaint tradition into the soundtrack of their era. Hajdu, who is also a biographer of jazzman Billy Strayhorn, conducted several hundred new interviews to build his account of the quartet's complex relationships and rise to pop stardom. In a sad footnote, Mimi (who married Richard Farina at age 17) died of cancer in July 2001, not long after Hajdu's book was published.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"Positively 4th Street" is the story of how four young bohemians on the make--Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina--converged in Greenwich Village, fell in love, and invented a sound and style that is one of the most lasting legacies of the 1960s. of photos.

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The authoritative and endlesslyand#160;revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.

Synopsis:

More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosseand#8217;s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style and#8212; hat tilted, fingers splayed and#8212; that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosseand#8217;s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosseand#8217;s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources and#8212; friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before and#8212; Wasson illuminates not only Fosseand#8217;s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosseand#8217;s insatiable appetites and#8212; for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wassonand#8217;s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was and#8212; after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

Synopsis:

When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motorcycle near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was already recognized as a genius, a youth idol with an acid wit and a barbwire throat; and Greenwich Village, where he first made his mark, was unquestionably the center of youth culture.

In Positively 4th Street, David Hajdu recounts the emergence of folk music from cult practice to popular and enduring art form as the story of a colorful foursome: not only Dylan but also his part-time lover Joan Baez — the first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimi — beautiful, haunted, and an artist in her own right; and Mimi's husband, Richard Fariña, a comic novelist (Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me) who invented the worldly-wise bohemian persona that Dylan adopted — some say stole — and made his own.

A national bestseller in hardcover, acclaimed as "one of the best books about music in America" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post), Positively 4th Street is that rare book with a new story to tell about the 1960s — about how the decade and all that it is now associated with were created in a fit of collective inspiration, with an energy and creativity that David Hajdu has captured on the page as if for the first time.

About the Author

David Hajdu's first book, Lush Life, won the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and is being adapted for a feature film. Hajdu lives in New York City and writes for The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and The New York Review of Books.

Table of Contents

The Endand#160;and#160;and#160;1

Sixty Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;5

Forty-Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;22

Forty-One Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;40

Thirty-Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;56

Thirty-Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;69

Thirty-Three Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;90

Thirty-Two Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;116

Twenty-Eight Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;137

Twenty-Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;162

Twenty-Four Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;193

Twenty Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;223

Sixteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;252

Fifteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;286

Fourteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;346

Thirteen Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;395

Twelve Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;407

Eleven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;432

Nine Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;458

Eight Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;485

Seven Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;497

Six Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;513

Five Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;521

Four Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;532

Three Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;540

Two Yearsand#160;and#160;and#160;547

One Yearand#160;and#160;and#160;563

One Hour and Fifty-Three Minutesand#160;and#160;and#160;586

and#160;
Acknowledgmentsand#160;and#160;and#160;593

Notes and#160;and#160;and#160;600

Indexand#160;and#160;and#160;696

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374281991
Author:
Hajdu, David
Publisher:
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Wasson, Sam
Location:
New York
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Folk singers
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
20131105
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
two 8-pg photo inserts
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Positively 4th Street" is the story of how four young bohemians on the make--Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina--converged in Greenwich Village, fell in love, and invented a sound and style that is one of the most lasting legacies of the 1960s. of photos.
"Synopsis" by , The authoritative and endlesslyand#160;revealing biography of renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter, and director Bob Fosse, written by a bestselling pop culture historian.
"Synopsis" by ,

More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosseand#8217;s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style and#8212; hat tilted, fingers splayed and#8212; that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosseand#8217;s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosseand#8217;s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources and#8212; friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before and#8212; Wasson illuminates not only Fosseand#8217;s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosseand#8217;s insatiable appetites and#8212; for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wassonand#8217;s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was and#8212; after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

"Synopsis" by ,
When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motorcycle near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was already recognized as a genius, a youth idol with an acid wit and a barbwire throat; and Greenwich Village, where he first made his mark, was unquestionably the center of youth culture.

In Positively 4th Street, David Hajdu recounts the emergence of folk music from cult practice to popular and enduring art form as the story of a colorful foursome: not only Dylan but also his part-time lover Joan Baez — the first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimi — beautiful, haunted, and an artist in her own right; and Mimi's husband, Richard Fariña, a comic novelist (Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me) who invented the worldly-wise bohemian persona that Dylan adopted — some say stole — and made his own.

A national bestseller in hardcover, acclaimed as "one of the best books about music in America" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post), Positively 4th Street is that rare book with a new story to tell about the 1960s — about how the decade and all that it is now associated with were created in a fit of collective inspiration, with an energy and creativity that David Hajdu has captured on the page as if for the first time.

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