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A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks

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"On the thirtieth anniversary of what is arguably Dylan's best album (and what has definitely got to be the best breakup album of all time...a musician (Odegard) and a journalist (Gill) seek to explain how Blood on the Tracks got made....A Simple Twist of Fate is so fascinatingly behind-the-scenes that it will make you listen to the album as if you've never heard it before." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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Bob Dylan stood at a row of vending machines, feeding loose change into the coffee maker, selecting the brew he would sip for the next three hours in the studio down the hall. Guitar-shop owner Chris Weber wandered by to ask if he could stay and watch the sessions from the control booth. "No man, I need you to play guitar on this," replied Dylan, much to Weber's surprise. Bob introduced his five-year-old son Jakob to Chris, and the three of them strolled back into the small triangular room where Dylan was about to change the course of his career by spilling his guts to a troubled world living through uncertain times. Times that were equally uncertain for the singer himself, as at that point everything he knew and loved seemed to be in flux.

Rarely seen in public for the previous half-decade, the world's most reclusive rock star had that year become its biggest concert attraction. He had changed record labels twice in as many years, and scored his first U.S. No. 1 album. And his songwriting had recently been transformed by a course of art lessons which revitalized his jaded muse. Less agreeably, his marriage was on the rocks. This personal turmoil would bring forth Dylan's most compelling batch of material in years, a song-cycle of love lost, love found, love made and love spurned, which would eventually become the most acclaimed album of his entire career. But not just yet. He didn't like the way these songs had been recorded for his much-heralded return to Columbia Records, and knew changes needed to be made there, too. So here he was, a few days after Christmas 1974, hunkered down in chilly Minneapolis with a group of unsuspecting unknowns, about to try and get it right, the way he heard it in his head. It was a gamble, but one he knew he had to take.

In 1974 Bob Dylan wrote, recorded, reconsidered, and then re-recorded Blood on the Tracks, and to this day, no one who hears it can avoid being blown away by its emotional power. Commonly referred to as "the greatest break-up album of all time," it was written as Dylan's own twelve-year marriage began to painfully unravel. Songs like "Tangled Up in Blue," "Idiot Wind," and "Shelter from the Storm" have become the template for multidimensional, adult songs of love, longing, and loss. Yet the full story behind the creation of this album has never been told. The authors have drawn upon first-hand information and interviews with the musicians, producers, industry insiders, as well as Dylan's friends, associates, and relatives. A Simple Twist of Fate is an engaging chronicle of how one artist transformed his personal pain and confusion into great art.

Review:

"Their descriptions of the energy and enthusiasm of these musicians will make even the most hardcore Dylan fan hear Blood on the Tracks anew." Publisher's Weekly

Review:

"A detailed chronicle of the sessions...[Blood on the Tracks] many devotees will relish this thorough account of its making." Booklist

Synopsis:

An in-depth, eyewitness account of the creation of one of Bob Dylan's most celebrated, anguished albums, written by the album's guitarist and an acclaimed journalist

About the Author

Andy Gill is a leading critic for The Independent, and has edited or written for NME, Q, Mojo, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Maxim. He lives in London. Kevin Odegard is the former Executive Director of the National Academy of Songwriters and has written for USA Today, Cashbox, and Billboard. He was founding editor of SongTalk. He lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306812316
Subtitle:
Bob Dylan And The Making Of Blood On The Tracks
Author:
Kevin Odegard and Andy Gill
Author:
Gill, Andy
Author:
Odegard, Kevin
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General Music
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no.6-03
Publication Date:
20040218
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
900x600

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Product details 256 pages Da Capo Press - English 9780306812316 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "On the thirtieth anniversary of what is arguably Dylan's best album (and what has definitely got to be the best breakup album of all time...a musician (Odegard) and a journalist (Gill) seek to explain how Blood on the Tracks got made....A Simple Twist of Fate is so fascinatingly behind-the-scenes that it will make you listen to the album as if you've never heard it before." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Their descriptions of the energy and enthusiasm of these musicians will make even the most hardcore Dylan fan hear Blood on the Tracks anew." Publisher's Weekly
"Review" by , "A detailed chronicle of the sessions...[Blood on the Tracks] many devotees will relish this thorough account of its making."
"Synopsis" by ,
An in-depth, eyewitness account of the creation of one of Bob Dylan's most celebrated, anguished albums, written by the album's guitarist and an acclaimed journalist

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