Who Is That Man?

Who Is That Man?

In Search of the Real Bob Dylan

Book - 2012
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For almost half a century, Bob Dylan has been a primary catalyst in rock's shifting sensibilities. Few American artists are as important, beloved, and endlessly examined, yet he remains something of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman, yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe playing Greenwich Village haunts? Folk Messiah, Born-Again Bob, Late-Elvis Dylan, Jack Fate, or Living National Treasure? In Who Is That Man? , David Dalton--cultural historian, journalist, screenwriter, and novelist--paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon, ingeniously exposing the three-card monte games he plays with his persona.

Guided by Dalton's cutting-edge insights and myth-debunking point of view, Who Is That Man? follows Dylan's imaginative life, integrating actual events with Dylan's words and those of the people who know him most intimately. Drawing upon Dylan's friends and fellow eyewitnesses--including Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Stampfel , Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Eric Andersen, Nat Hentoff, Andrew Oldham, Nat Finkelstein, and others--this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401323394
Characteristics: xiii, 383 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 16, 2016

A well written and very interesting take on my favorite artist. It covers his career very well, and I was surprised that the albums that spoke to me were identified as high points in a very long
productive career. I was also surprised at the well rounded approach to his career from the
amphetamine fuelled early days to his quieter later years. A good book about a great artist.

rocknrollphilip Feb 19, 2013

Regarding page 45, paragraph 3: Has the author never heard of The Dead Weather?, Yelawolf & Jewelz Santana?, Guns 'n' Roses?, Jimi Hendrix?, Rod Stewart?, Bryan Ferry?, The Byrds?, Dion?, The Young Rascals?, Johnny Winter?, Linda Ronstadt?, Peter, Paul and Mary?, Joan Baez?, Richie Havens?, Cat Power?, John Doe?, Mira Billote?, Charlotte Gainsbourg?, The Black Keys?, to name just SOME of the artists who "can cover his songs?"


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