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Who Is That Man In Search of the Real Bob Dylan 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

  • Title: Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan
  • Author: David Dalton
  • ISBN: 9781401323394
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan By David Dalton, 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 FoFor 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.

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    1. I know, Dalton is a great rock critic I did learn a few things from it, but I did not like his writing style Just listen to the music.

    2. David Dalton follows a familiar pattern in weighting his book toward the Dylan of the 60s into the mid 70s, which undercuts the author s desire to riff on each of Dylan s albums and explore its impact on his audience and American music, while probing Dylan s life for clues to the Real Bob Dylan Dalton makes clear that the search his subtitle invokes is futile what we call Dylan is a multiphrenic, polymorphous, composite entity generated by a human being who remains fundamentally mysterious The m [...]

    3. Much of Dylan s early work gave rise to the sub genre of folk that came to be known as protest music, and Dylan was the crown prince of protest, even as he rejected the title But soon, Dylan turned up the color dial and the monochrome slid away He began to write songs filled with imagery, tunes, dream sequences, and word play, and vocal inflection that changed the world, not just of music, but the world itself.It is into that world that David Dalton takes the reader From the middle class Bobby Z [...]

    4. Read the Swedish translation Terribly difficult to find the energy to read this book I picked it up in the fall of 2016 to learn about Bob Dylan ahead of the novel prize ceremony, but feel like the only way to enjoy it would have been if I was an expert on his music and life already The writing was also very scattered and repetitive, not at all enjoyable for me

    5. By becoming the consumate performance artist of the past 50 years, Bob Dylan than any artist of his generation has invited the question that is the title of this book He s a fascination beyond his artistic output Ultimately, though, at least for me, the persona is much less interesting than the work Depending on the biographer Dylan is tragically screwed up, a pretty nice guy with normal faults, a young schmuck, a generous friend He s a paranoid speed freak, a religious fanatic, a civil rights [...]

    6. the author states in chapter one that dylan talks about buddy holly during his 1991 lifetime achievement grammy acceptance speech, but that is incorrect dylan talked about holly during the 1998 grammy acceptance speech for time out of mind it is surprising to me that an error like this is not caught during the proofreading process later in the book the author references the hard rain concert in texas only, this concert was in colorado.a couple of easily identifiable to dylan fans factual errors [...]

    7. A very fun, hip read that focuses on Dylan s hipness and amazing artistry, rather than on tawdry details about his relationships, sex life, and the like I especially liked the chapters on inside bob s brain about his mostly unviewed films Eat the Document and Renaldo and Clara and about him performing for and meeting Pope John Paul II I loved the hip and sometimes irreverent drawings A real breeze of a book, I read it in a day or two Great fun.

    8. Oh my god this was torture The concept of the book intrigued me but the writing style and the assumptions of Dylan s character were just too much Every sentence was a convoluted mixture of words You had no idea where they were going and often they didn t go anywhere relevant.

    9. I drug my way through this one I learned a few things but I was hoping it read like a story but it read like an encyclopedia.

    10. More of an essay than a biography on Dylan, David Dalton a journalist type takes a look at the chameleon nature throughout his years primarily from a perspective of his music No question of the iconic nature of this man but his aura of mystery and elusiveness is the focus here Dalton looks at Dylan s seeming evolution but in reality his outright change, again and again And that chord is what bogs the book down some, the non stop repetition of trying to define both the man and that changeability. [...]

    11. This is a highly readable, comprehensive portrait of Mr Zimmerman As a bonus, it s also a fascinating view of the folk rock music culture in the U.S from the late 50 s on Dalton is a smart researcher and does an amazing job of writing an honest biography of this elusive legend.This is definitely a book for Dylan fans and for the rest of you, here s a test What do you think of this quote from the book Dylan has been one of the great fabulators, both in his life and art He forms his persona and cr [...]

    12. The hook behind this book is the way Bob Dylan has altered his persona through the years All Dylan biographies have to tread this ground at least a bit as Dylan really has been a protean personality As with the Dylan biography itself, it s probably most interesting when it deals with the 60s, and the coverage of the Jesus years is a bit muddy, as is the discussion of the 90s, and the author doesn t really have a handle on what Bob is doing with himself these days I felt he didn t really want to [...]

    13. It took me awhile before I appreciated that this was not a run of the mill rehash of Dylan s history It is, in fact, a thoughtful analysis, albeit a speculative one, as most treatises on Dylan must be The author s descriptions of various of Dylan s personas as he moves through the years of Dylan s career paints a fairly bleak picture of his subject as a victim of both his attempts to hide from the onslaught of fame which he sought as well as his own dishonesty Ad in the end Dylan is portrayed as [...]

    14. I was interested in this book as a long time casual fan of Bob Dylan s music I was worried that the book would be too technical or academic and was pleasantly surprised at what a joy it was to read David Dalton has written a very accessible book about the music, the culture, and the man himself, in all of his various incarnations He explores the mystique that is Dylan and how Dylan has perpetuated that mystique The book brought back many memories and led me back to many songs that I had forgotte [...]

    15. Pretty shocking we all knew of course that Bob was not quite who he never said he was, but to discover the voice of my generation was a chameleon charlatan mountebank who had nothing for contempt for his fans, stole huge chunks of his songs from other writers, was a mean bitter drunk and a womanizateur whose wondrous love songs in no way mirrored his own ambivalence and distrust ofand towards women came as something of a surprise Give us the rocker who just sleeps with every girl he sees, for fu [...]

    16. Wow was I excited to win this book I must stay that I was a bit dissapointed in though I found that the stories of Dylan were sort of hints for me to make my own decision as to what happened I get that Dylan was a hard man to pin down because of his dislike of interviews and his aloofness I was amazed at how he was so I hate to use the word but stuck on himself but that is how I felt when reading that he did not even speak to people I found Dylan to really odd however I think that makes him so c [...]

    17. I started this book with limited knowledge of Dylan and, while I learned a lot and the book was well written, I wish I had chosen a different biography After the Blonde on Blonde era, this book became a bit of a eulogy mourning the supposed sharp decline of Dylan s career The way the decline was presented seemed to be as much a part of the author s personal opinion of Dylan s career as it was of actual fact But, like I said, I m new to Dylan Also, a trivial opinion, but the word hipster was used [...]

    18. By coincidence I was about two thirds of the way through this book when Bob Dylan s Nobel Prize was announced last week Before before I would have recommended it only for die hard Dylan fans For me it was slow going interesting but not all that great.It obviously stops a couple of years short of the Prize Award which will almost certainly generate a sequel or new addition and maybe generate enough money for the author and publisher to break even I would never have paid the full list price but I [...]

    19. A really weird guy Never knew he was that weird However, the talent makes up for it Did not like to give interviews and no one liked to do the interviews Could walk into a room and everyone was awestruck He wouldn t say a word While performing for the pope he hinted that his favorite song was Blowing In The Windole Bob wouldn t even sing it He loved Johnny Cash and country music and considered himself a country singer He once said he was born between the grooves of a 78 speed record and he s sti [...]

    20. I ve read a lot of Dylan books over the years This one is a little out there in places ok on one level lots of good info and stories, but not always reliable in its truthfulness Sometimes things are hinted at but never explained or developed well Should definitely not be the first Dylan bio one should read.

    21. This Dylan book distinguishes itself in the storytelling, which is not always a good thing There seems to be too much focus and Dylan s interest in the movies, and the author cops out at the end by not trying to make some assertion about who he thinks Dylan is However, interesting enough for most Dylan fans I would suggest there are much better Dylan books out there.

    22. Really good in covering the earlier stages of Dylan s musical career through Blood on the Tracks Weakens toward the endbut to be honest Dylan was stronger musically or at least creative in the earlier stages of his career.

    23. Interesting artist quirky and elusive A bit heavy on the literary and cultural allusions but plenty of thoughtful analysis as well.

    24. Trippy Amphetamine fueled beat poet and precient rapper Is that you Bob For anyone into language and words, both Dylan and author Dalton send you to the dictionary several times a page.

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