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Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973 (Cappella Books)

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The first of two volumes, this companion to every song that Bob Dylan ever wrote is by far the most comprehensive book on the words of Americas greatest songwriter. Here youll find not just opinionated commentary or literary interpretation, but facts, first and foremost. Clinton Heylin is the worlds leading Dylan biographer and expert, and he has arranged the songs--including a number that have never been performed--in a continually surprising chronology of when they were actually written rather than when they appeared on albums. Using newly discovered manuscripts, anecdotal evidence, and a seemingly limitless knowledge of every Bob Dylan live performance, he has uncovered a wealth of information about the songs, leaving no stone unturned in his research.

            Here we learn that the middle verse of “Blowin in the Wind” was written much later than the first and third verses; that “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” was based on a complete distortion of the facts of the case; that “Mixed Up Confusion,” despite being Dylans first single, was composed later than many of his early masterpieces; that “Fourth Time Around” was a direct response to John Lennons “Norwegian Wood”; and much more.

            Reading this volume will fundamentally change how you hear Dylans songs and will make you want to revisit the mans lesser-known masterpieces. This is an essential purchase for every true Bob Dylan fan--and perhaps your most essential purchase, for, as a guide to the mans work, it will never be surpassed.

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A comprehensive book on Bob Dylan's song lyrics, this volume arranges the more than 300 songs by the date they were actually written rather than when they appeared on albums.

Synopsis:

By far the most comprehensive book on Bob Dylans words ever written, including a number of songs that no one has ever heard, this first volume will fundamentally change how his lyrics are interpreted and understood. Arranged in a surprising chronology of when they were actually written rather than when they appeared on albums—the middle verse of “Blowin in the Wind” was written much later than the first and third verses, and the songs on John Wesley Harding were written prior to some of the songs on The Basement Tapes—hundreds of surprising facts are uncovered in this catalog of 300 songs, spanning his career prior to Blood on the Tracks. Newly discovered manuscripts, anecdotal evidence, and a seemingly limitless knowledge of every Dylan live performance contribute to this definitive resource of the words of a celebrated American singer-songwriter.

About the Author

Clinton Heylin is the author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades, So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeares Sonnets, Can You Feel the Silence: Van Morrison, From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk, Despite the System: Orson Welles vs. Hollywood, Babylons Burning: From Punk to Grunge, The Act Youve Known for All These Years: A Year in the Life of Sgt. Pepper and Friends, All Yesterdays Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print, Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, and others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556528439
Author:
Heylin, Clinton
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Popular music -- United States.
Subject:
Dylan, Bob - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Cappella Books
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive book on Bob Dylan's song lyrics, this volume arranges the more than 300 songs by the date they were actually written rather than when they appeared on albums.
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By far the most comprehensive book on Bob Dylans words ever written, including a number of songs that no one has ever heard, this first volume will fundamentally change how his lyrics are interpreted and understood. Arranged in a surprising chronology of when they were actually written rather than when they appeared on albums—the middle verse of “Blowin in the Wind” was written much later than the first and third verses, and the songs on John Wesley Harding were written prior to some of the songs on The Basement Tapes—hundreds of surprising facts are uncovered in this catalog of 300 songs, spanning his career prior to Blood on the Tracks. Newly discovered manuscripts, anecdotal evidence, and a seemingly limitless knowledge of every Dylan live performance contribute to this definitive resource of the words of a celebrated American singer-songwriter.

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