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Bob Dylan in America

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780307714978

ISBN-10: 0307714977

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One of America's finest historians shows us how Bob Dylan, one of the country's greatest and most enduring artists, still surprises and moves us after all these years.
Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discov-ered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan's work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz's essays as "historian in residence" of Dylan's official website, "Bob Dylan in America "is a unique blend of fact, interpretation, and affinity--an audiobook that, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion warrants.
Beginning with his explosion onto the scene in 1961, this audiobook follows Dylan as he continues to develop a body of musical and literary work unique in our cultural history. Wilentz's approach places Dylan's music in the context of its time, including the early influences of Popular Front ideology and Beat aesthetics, and offers a larger critical appreciation of Dylan as both a song-writer and performer down to the present. Wilentz has had unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, rare photographs, and other materials, all of which allow him to tell Dylan's story and that of such masterpieces as "Blonde on Blonde "with an unprecedented authenticity and richness.
"Bob Dylan in America"--groundbreaking, comprehensive, totally absorbing--is the result of an author and a subject brilliantly met.

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780307714978
ISBN-10: 0307714977
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 5.75 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780307714978

About the author

Biography of Wilentz, Sean

Robert sean Wilentz was born in 1951 in New York City. He earned his first B.A. from Colunbia University in 1972 and his second from Oxford University in 1974 on a Kellett Fellowship. He continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.A. degree in 1975 and his PhD. in 1980. His writings are focused on the importance of class and race in the early national period. He has also co-authored books on nineteenth-century religion and working class life.

His book The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. He has also written about modern U.S. history in his book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. He has been the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University since 1979. Robert Wilentz is also a contributing editor at The New Republic. He writes on music, the arts, history and politics. He received a Grammy nomination and a 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary on the musician Bob Dylan.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-08-06)

In this ambitious and impressive study, Wilentz (history, Princeton Univ.; The Rise of American Democracy) combines cultural historical analysis with a fan's love of Dylan's music. He documents influences on Dylan from the music of Aaron Copland to the writings of the Beats, especially Allen Ginsberg. On another level, Wilentz provides a chronological overview of Dylan's development as a writer, singer, and ever-changing cultural force. He details the early morning recording sessions that produced the album Blonde on Blonde, Dylan's relationship with evangelical Christianity, and his recent burst of creativity.

Wilentz's long historical discourses on specific songs are joys. He bluntly addresses the charges of plagiarism that have been leveled at Dylan throughout his career and sees Dylan as "an alchemist, taking common materials and creating new art". Scholars will appreciate the learned narrative bibliography and the meticulously researched notes for each chapter. There is something for everybody in these pages.

Verdict: This is the most important work on Dylan since Christopher Ricks's Dylan's Visions of Sin and an illuminating cultural history of the United States after World War II. Highly recommended.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/10.] - Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-02-01)

Wilentz (The Rise of American Democracy) presents an expansive and thorough analysis of Bob Dylan's career and song writing influences. Mixing nonchronological biography with deep research and personal interpretation, Wilentz bounces from era to era without losing his overall focus on Dylan's place in American musical history. Unlike many other Dylan analysts and chroniclers, he spends as much time on the post gospel years as on the more renowned and over analyzed Sixties.

Chapters on Dylan's lightly regarded 1990s acoustic folk covers albums are especially insightful and finally add something new to Dylan studies. The author's narration is adequate and unobtrusive. This audio, which includes welcomed snippets of blues and folk tunes Wilentz believed influenced Dylan as well as classic songs by Dylan himself, is strongly recommended for informed listeners looking for a fresh spin on the hackneyed theme of Dylan's musical and cultural influences.

- Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

One of America’s finest historians shows us how Bob Dylan, one of the country’s greatest and most enduring artists, still surprises and moves us after all these years.

Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discov­ered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz’s essays as “historian in residence” of Dylan’s official website, Bob Dylan in America is a unique blend of fact, interpretation, and affinity—an audiobook that, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion warrants.

Beginning with his explosion onto the scene in 1961, this audiobook follows Dylan as he continues to develop a body of musical and literary work unique in our cultural history. Wilentz’s approach places Dylan’s music in the context of its time, including the early influences of Popular Front ideology and Beat aesthetics, and offers a larger critical appreciation of Dylan as both a song­writer and performer down to the present. Wilentz has had unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, rare photographs, and other materials, all of which allow him to tell Dylan’s story and that of such masterpieces as Blonde on Blonde with an unprecedented authenticity and richness.

Bob Dylan in America—groundbreaking, comprehensive, totally absorbing—is the result of an author and a subject brilliantly met.

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