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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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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.

David Hajdu is the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. Lately he has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Manhattan.

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When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motor-cycle 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 Baezthe first voice of the new generation; her sister Mimibeautiful, 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 adoptedsome say stoleand 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 1960sabout 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.

"A hauntingly evocative blend of biography, musicology and pop cultural history."Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"A hauntingly evocative blend of biography, musicology and pop cultural history."Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"A richly nuanced group biography charting the lives of the four musicians . . . who used each other, romantically and professionally, while turning the zeitgeist to their own advantages."Jonathan Bing, Variety

"Hajdu's book brings a whole new world, the long-gone look and feel of things, swarming up out of the memory hole . . . Hajdu has the art of staging his moments without subjecting them to the embalming gaze of hindsight, and the result is a tonic freshness, the sense of a spirit recovered."Sven Birkerts, The New York Observer

"Hajdu has written an engrossing page-turner [and] plays out the sexual and creative permutations and combinations in and around this vaguely Shakespearean quartet with narrative panache and just the right tang of gossip and attitude."Gene Santoro, The Nation

"This is one of the finest pop music bios."Mike Tribby, Booklist (starred review)

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Now in paperback, this national bestseller tells the story of how four young bohemians on the make--Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina--converged on Greenwich Village, fell in love, and invented a sound and style that is one of the most lasting legacies of the 1960s. Photos.

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 is the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. Lately he has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Manhattan.

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lukas, January 7, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"You've got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend." If you saw "Inside Llewyn Davis" (and you should, it's great), you got a taste of the heady atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early 60s, where every other kid with a guitar thought they could be the next Woody Guthrie. David Hajdu, whose previous book was on Billy Strayhorn, recreates that scene in this absorbing account, which traces both the rise of folk music and four key figures in the movement: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, author/musician Richard Farina and Mimi Baez Farina (Joan's sister, later married to Richard). Dylan's evolution from earnest, socially conscious folkie to mind-blowing, electrified rocker is maybe the most interesting part of the book, although Hajdu makes clear that he may have sacrificed people to achieve this. His relationship with Baez, who fully believed in music's potential as a force for change, is particularly fraught. Farina's story is less familiar, but no less interesting, sadly cut short by a motorcycle accident.
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lukas, January 7, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"You've got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend." If you saw "Inside Llewyn Davis" (and you should, it's great), you got a taste of the heady atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early 60s, where every other kid with a guitar thought they could be the next Woody Guthrie. David Hajdu, whose previous book was on Billy Strayhorn, recreates that scene in this absorbing account, which traces both the rise of folk music and four key figures in the movement: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, author/musician Richard Farina and Mimi Baez Farina (Joan's sister, later married to Richard). Dylan's evolution from earnest, socially conscious folkie to mind-blowing, electrified rocker is maybe the most interesting part of the book, although Hajdu makes clear that he may have sacrificed people to achieve this. His relationship with Baez, who fully believed in music's potential as a force for change, is particularly fraught. Farina's story is less familiar, but no less interesting, sadly cut short by a motorcycle accident.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865476424
Subtitle:
The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña
Author:
Hajdu, David
Publisher:
North Point Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
United states
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Folk singers
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Singers -- United States.
Subject:
Musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW Photographs, Bibliography, Index
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.12 x 5.87 x 1.015 in

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"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, this national bestseller tells the story of how four young bohemians on the make--Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina--converged on Greenwich Village, fell in love, and invented a sound and style that is one of the most lasting legacies of the 1960s. Photos.
"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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