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Bob Dylan : The Biography
by Dennis McDougal

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The ultimate biography of the musical icon.

A groundbreaking and vibrant look at the music hero to generations, "DYLAN: The Biography" digs deep into Bob Dylan lore including subjects Dylan himself left out of "Chronicles: Volume One."

"DYLAN: The Biography" focuses on why this beloved artist has touched so many souls and on how both Dylan and his audience have changed along the way.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The ultimate biography of the musical icon.

A groundbreaking and vibrant look at the music hero to generations, "DYLAN: The Biography" digs deep into Bob Dylan lore including subjects Dylan himself left out of "Chronicles: Volume One."

"DYLAN: The Biography" focuses on why this beloved artist has touched so many souls and on how both Dylan and his audience have changed along the way.

Bob Dylan is an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and an Oscar winner for "Things Have Changed." His career is stronger and more influential than ever. How did this happen, given the road to oblivion he seemed to choose more than two decades ago? What transformed a heroin addict into one of the most astonishing literary and musical icons in American history?

At 72 years of age, Dylan's final act of his career is more intriguing than ever and classic biographies like "Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades" and even his own "Chronicles: Volume One" came too soon to cover this remarkable new chapter in Dylan's life.

Through extensive interviews and conversations with Dylan's friends, family, sidemen, and fans, "Los Angeles Times" journalist Dennis McDougal crafts an unprecedented understanding of Dylan and the intricate story behind the myths. Was his romantic life, especially with Sara Dylan, much more complicated than it appears? Was his motorcycle accident a cover for drug rehab? What really happened to Dylan when his career crumbled, and how did he find his way back? To what does he attribute his astonishing success? McDougal's meticulous research and comprehensive interviews offer a revealing new understanding of these long-standing questions and of the current chapter Dylan continually writes in his life and career.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780470636237
  • ISBN-10: 0470636238
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 555


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

The legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan matures from “feckless, foolish poseur” to calculating, canny poseur in this gleefully acid-etched biography. New York Times scribe McDougal (The Last Mogul) chronicles Dylan’s project of “‘building a character that will sell’” by transforming himself from a middle-class Jewish boy with nice parents in Minnesota into an ersatz orphaned carnie and hallucinatory folk-rock oracle (and later into a country-western balladeer and born-again Christian). Along the way, he argues, Dylan stole the personas and stylings of other entertainers, and plagiarized tunes, words, and paintings (sometimes copyrighting them as originals). Amid makeovers and appropriations, the truly authentic constants of Dylan’s character in this critical portrait are a hard-nosed drive to succeed, self-centered betrayals of intimates, incessant misrepresentations and voracious appetites for booze, drugs, and women. McDougal eschews gushing exegeses of lyrics and other staples of Dylanolatry; while he acknowledges a body of great music and perceptively analyzes its resonance, he’s happier tossing jibes. (“A tale told by an idiot-savant on PCP” is his review of Dylan’s novel Tarantulas.) Few of his revelations are novel, but McDougal presents his caustic indictment with energy and panache. (May)

 
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