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The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.

Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan.

Review:

"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray (Song & Dance Man #3: The Art of Bob Dylan) outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. Over the course of 823 pages Gray considers everything from railroad imagery in Dylan's songs to his use of nursery rhymes, covering the topics thoughtfully and thoroughly. An entry on Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter details the plight of the wrongfully jailed boxer immortalized in Dylan's song 'Hurricane,' including not only a biography of the fighter, but details of the song's recording and live performance. Even the briefest of encounters merits an entry, such as when Neil Diamond challenged Dylan to top him as he came offstage. Dylan's reply: 'Waddaya want me to do-go onstage and fall asleep?' Gray's knowledge of his subject is seemingly boundless, yet he manages to maintain a critical eye and keep Dylan's work in perspective. 'Unbelievable,' a song off Dylan's Under the Red Sky album, is called 'a hopeless piece of rockist sludge picked from the obscurity of the album and issued as a single. Almost any other track would have fared better .' While Gray is certainly a fan, it's this impartiality that fuels the book and gives it weight. Insightful and entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy. 100 b&w illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Michael Gray...probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." New York Review of Books

Review:

"This massive effort covers many of his songs, albums, and film work, as well as just about every personality associated with the folk singer/rock star....[An] amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." Library Journal

Synopsis:

For fans of Bob Dylan, this comprehensive encyclopedia is a work of undeniable scope and size. It includes bios of singers, musicians, songwriters, and composers who have influenced the musician, plus a CD-ROM with hypertext.

Synopsis:

"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted."--"The Village Voice." Includes bios of singers, musicians, songwriters, and composers who have influenced Dylan, plus a CD-ROM with hypertext.

Synopsis:

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.

Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan.

Click here to read an interview with Michael Gray:

http://www.continuumbooks.com/news/details.aspx?NewsID=202&ImprintID=2&CountryID=2&ReturnType=2

"Michael Gray... probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." — New York Review of Books

 

"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. ... Insightful and

entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy."

 -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"...has all you need to know, and more" -Richard Corliss, Time

 

"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted." -Village Voice

 

"Deeply impressive...destined to be the most important Dylan book, bar none."-Gerry Smith, The Dylan Daily

 

"Utterly idiosyncratic." -Janet Maslin, New York Times

 

"Amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Door-stopping detail." -Toronto Star

"Magnificent...won't just astonish readers with its detail about Dylan's work...contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and a personality study."

 -Nashville City Paper

"Comprehensive and up-to-date."

 -Slate

Synopsis:

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray. Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan. Click here to read an interview with Michael Gray:http://www.continuumbooks.com/news/details.aspx?NewsID=202&ImprintID=2&CountryID=2&ReturnType=2

"Michael Gray... probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." — New York Review of Books
 
"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. ... Insightful and entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"...has all you need to know, and more" -Richard Corliss, Time
 
"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted." -Village Voice
 
"Deeply impressive...destined to be the most important Dylan book, bar none."-Gerry Smith, The Dylan Daily
 
"Utterly idiosyncratic." -Janet Maslin, New York Times
 
"Amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Door-stopping detail." -Toronto Star
"Magnificent...won't just astonish readers with its detail about Dylan's work...contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and a personality study." -Nashville City Paper
"Comprehensive and up-to-date." -Slate

About the Author

Michael Gray is a distinguished critic, writer & broadcaster. He graduated in History & English Literature at York University, England, in the 1960s, where he studied under the controversial, brilliant critic Professor F. R. Leavis, and where as a student journalist he interviewed, among others, the eminent British historian A. J. P. Taylor and the legendary American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. His pioneering study of Bob Dylan?s work, Song & Dance Man, first published in the 1970s in Britain, America and Japan, was the first full-length critical study of this crucial 20th Century cultural figure. It is now recognised as a classic in its field. A selection of pieces on Dylan, All Across The Telegraph: A Bob Dylan Handbook, published in 1987, was co-edited by Gray and included work by several distinguished academics in the fields of English & American Literature and Music. In 1996, Michael Gray co-authored The Elvis Atlas: A Journey Through Elvis Presley?s America, published in hardback in New York by Henry Holt. The massive Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan was published by Continuum in March 2000. A special reprint appeared in the US in April 2001, when Gray delivered talks at a number of US universities; a fourth reprint was published in New York and London in 2002 and a fifth in 2004. Michael Gray is recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan and is an expert on rock?n?roll history and the blues, with a special interest in pre-war blues.

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bandofgypies, September 10, 2006 (view all comments by bandofgypies)
Brilliant, A Must Have For All Dylan Fans.
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The Nashville City Paper says this:
"English critic and music historian Michael Gray knows as much as any living being about the blues and rock ?n? roll, particularly every blues strain before World War II. But he?s also perhaps the world?s foremost Bob Dylan authority... The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (Continuum), which won?t be available until June 15... will be a mandatory buy. Gray?s entries on Ray Charles and Sam Cooke alone make you want to rush out and grab this right away, regardless of price. [It has] more than 850 entries and 26 pages of illustrations in its 784 pages, and... is also going to include a CD-Rom." (www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=12&screen=news&news_id=49600)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780826469335
Author:
Gray, Michael
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Gray, Michael
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Dylan, Bob
Subject:
MUSIC / Reference
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
10.32 x 7.36 x 2.06 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray (Song & Dance Man #3: The Art of Bob Dylan) outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. Over the course of 823 pages Gray considers everything from railroad imagery in Dylan's songs to his use of nursery rhymes, covering the topics thoughtfully and thoroughly. An entry on Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter details the plight of the wrongfully jailed boxer immortalized in Dylan's song 'Hurricane,' including not only a biography of the fighter, but details of the song's recording and live performance. Even the briefest of encounters merits an entry, such as when Neil Diamond challenged Dylan to top him as he came offstage. Dylan's reply: 'Waddaya want me to do-go onstage and fall asleep?' Gray's knowledge of his subject is seemingly boundless, yet he manages to maintain a critical eye and keep Dylan's work in perspective. 'Unbelievable,' a song off Dylan's Under the Red Sky album, is called 'a hopeless piece of rockist sludge picked from the obscurity of the album and issued as a single. Almost any other track would have fared better .' While Gray is certainly a fan, it's this impartiality that fuels the book and gives it weight. Insightful and entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy. 100 b&w illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Michael Gray...probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic."
"Review" by , "This massive effort covers many of his songs, albums, and film work, as well as just about every personality associated with the folk singer/rock star....[An] amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work."
"Synopsis" by , For fans of Bob Dylan, this comprehensive encyclopedia is a work of undeniable scope and size. It includes bios of singers, musicians, songwriters, and composers who have influenced the musician, plus a CD-ROM with hypertext.
"Synopsis" by , "This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted."--"The Village Voice." Includes bios of singers, musicians, songwriters, and composers who have influenced Dylan, plus a CD-ROM with hypertext.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.

Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan.

Click here to read an interview with Michael Gray:

http://www.continuumbooks.com/news/details.aspx?NewsID=202&ImprintID=2&CountryID=2&ReturnType=2

"Michael Gray... probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." — New York Review of Books

 

"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. ... Insightful and

entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy."

 -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"...has all you need to know, and more" -Richard Corliss, Time

 

"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted." -Village Voice

 

"Deeply impressive...destined to be the most important Dylan book, bar none."-Gerry Smith, The Dylan Daily

 

"Utterly idiosyncratic." -Janet Maslin, New York Times

 

"Amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Door-stopping detail." -Toronto Star

"Magnificent...won't just astonish readers with its detail about Dylan's work...contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and a personality study."

 -Nashville City Paper

"Comprehensive and up-to-date."

 -Slate

"Synopsis" by ,
The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray. Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan. Click here to read an interview with Michael Gray:http://www.continuumbooks.com/news/details.aspx?NewsID=202&ImprintID=2&CountryID=2&ReturnType=2

"Michael Gray... probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." — New York Review of Books
 
"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. ... Insightful and entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"...has all you need to know, and more" -Richard Corliss, Time
 
"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted." -Village Voice
 
"Deeply impressive...destined to be the most important Dylan book, bar none."-Gerry Smith, The Dylan Daily
 
"Utterly idiosyncratic." -Janet Maslin, New York Times
 
"Amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Door-stopping detail." -Toronto Star
"Magnificent...won't just astonish readers with its detail about Dylan's work...contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and a personality study." -Nashville City Paper
"Comprehensive and up-to-date." -Slate
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