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Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs [Kindle Edition]

Jim Beviglia

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Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs is the first publication in a new series titled Counting Down that ranks and discusses the best songs by famous musicians. This foundational volume tackles the iconic Bob Dylan and his nearly 60-year career. Beviglia has scoured Dylan's catalog and has come up with not just a list, but an actual ranking of his best songs from 100 to 1. Unlike other 'best of' lists that can be found online by the hundreds, this publication provides its value in the analysis of each song. Counting Down Bob Dylan does not simply count down one person's opinion of Dylan's best songs, but provides a mini-essay for each song that includes interesting facts, historical information, and more. These mini-essays provide insight into the songs themselves as well as into Dylan as a figure. Beviglia obviously spent quite a bit of time researching these songs...Counting Down Bob Dylan is an entertaining and informational read. The text is very easy to follow and also includes an index and a short list of an additional 100 songs. This book could serve as a great introduction to those interested in Dylan or a great source of previously unknown trivia for Dylan fans. American Reference Books Annual From 'Roll on John,' off the 2012 album Tempest, to 'Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,' off the 1966 album Blonde on Blonde, Beviglia counts down what he deems to be the 100 best songs written and officially recorded by the legendary Bob Dylan. While necessarily subjective in his selection, he sought to separate songs from any personal relevance they may have for him and also considered such intangibles as cultural impact or staying power. For each song he includes a one-to-two page commentary, examining themes, lyrics, the role of the song in Dylan's career, and other such matters. At the end of the volume, he includes a list of the next 100 best songs of Dylan, sans any commentary. Book News, Inc. I had the opportunity to read the new book by Jim Beviglia called Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs and much to my surprise I enjoyed it. What I really liked about it was its format. Beviglia doesn't just do a random countdown of his favorite songs but he writes why he feels the way he does and includes some pretty in-depth stories and song break-downs to back up his explanations. Right away I realized that he researched the subject and is incredibly knowledgeable about music in general. Beviglia writes intelligently and that made this read extremely interesting. He understands music and it's lyrics like few writers I have read. He is able to state his feelings and passion in a way that anyone can understand. Even though I have never heard most of these songs, I am now curious to listen to many of them just to get a better feel for them. Time to get out the iTunes gift-card. ... If you love music you will enjoy how Beviglia breaks each song down by lyrics and the music itself. You will listen to Dylan tunes in a whole new way once you gain an understanding of the songs meanings or implied meanings in some cases. Many of the stories involve other bands and musicians such as The Beatles and Eric Clapton. I think because of that you will savor the book, weather you're a Dylan fan or not. The print version is a hardcover and it is also available for an e-reader. No matter what your taste in rock and roll or folk music Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs should prove to be an enjoyable read for all music lovers. I recommend this interesting and insightful book. Scared Stiff Reviews Jim Beviglia's Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs is ideal, in the case of this title, for browsing and reading up on one's favorite tunes of this major American musician and poet. That Dylan has been accorded the latter distinction seems a foregone conclusion. This is a fun read for anyone who has been enthralled by the work of this popular music icon who has been entertaining global audiences for a half-century and is still going strong. The 100 are ranked in ascending order, beginning with 'Roll on John' in last place and honoring 'Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands' as #1. Each song is given two-pages of analysis, commentary, historical background, and justification of occupying a place in this honor role from the singer's oeuvre. A list of the next 100 finest, a bibliography, and an index conclude the volume. -- W. Royal Stokes Jazzhouse Diaries Maintaining that Dylan's music 'is more than a code that needs cracking,' Counting on Dylan repeatedly extols the pleasure principle - and some fans may say, And what's wrong with that? Without giving the game away, I can say that Dylan's material in the 1960s and 70s dominates the higher echelons of Beviglia's top ten and that the number one spot caused a critical spat between Michael Gray and Christopher Ricks. Get a copy of Counting Down Bob Dylan and reconnect with the simple pleasure from the great man's work. The Bridge Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs is a work that is bound to spur debate among the throng of the Dylan faithful, so much so that Jim Beviglia instinctively began to duck before the ink on his tome was dry...[It] is a captivating work for the casual observer, the 'Dylanologist,' and those filling all spaces in between. The tracks were chosen from the released catalog and not from unofficial 'bootleg' releases, and each song receives a concise essay. Like a miner seeking gold, Beviglia often strikes a vein of ore in affording proper justification for his picks in his summations. That is not to say that the list is definitive, or that all will nod in agreement with his choices. The charm in such a work is to set a foundation for discussion amongst the passionate. The work is designed to lead the reader into a comparison of his own opinions with those expressed by the author, and those of other fans. Live for Live Music (L4LM) Enumerating Dylan's top 100 songs with brief explanatory essays is a daunting task and will surely provoke controversy among the musician's legion of followers. Yet music blogger Jim Beviglia...embraces the challenge of this assignment with selections and explanations that will both disappoint and delight the Dylan fan base...While the prose employed by Beviglia is usually light and breezy, he takes Dylan and his music seriously...Dylan has written extraordinary love songs, as Beviglia attests, putting forward "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (1966), dedicated to Sara, as Dylan's greatest song. In explaining this choice, Beviglia writes, "It says 'I love you' more completely, more passionately, than any other song I know" (185). This emotional conclusion... is likely to be a satisfying one for the "uninitiated" Dylan audience which Beviglia hopes to attract. Rock Music Studies


Counting Down is a unique series of titles designed to select the best songs or musical works from major performance artists and composers in an age of design-your-own playlists. Contributors offer readers the reasons why some works stand out from others. It is the ideal companion for music lovers.

For fifty years, Bob Dylan’s music has been a source of wonder to his fans and endless fodder for analysis by music critics. In
Counting Down Bob Dylan, rock journalist Jim Beviglia dares to rank these songs in descending order from Dylan’s 100th best to his #1 song. Surveying the near six-decade career of this musical legend, Beviglia offers insightful analyses into the music and lyrics and dishes out important historical information and fascinating trivia to explain why these 100 rank among Dylan’s best to date. At the same time, a portrait of the seemingly inscrutable Dylan emerges through the words of his finest songs, providing both the perfect introduction to his work and a comprehensive new take on this master of American songwriting.

This work will appeal to the legions of Bob Dylan fans who have taken to analyzing his music. Unlike other Dylan books, which vary between the academic and the journalistic,
Counting Down Bob Dylan uniquely renders Dylan’s music approachable to new fans by highlighting the powerful emotional forces that fuel his dazzling lyrics.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1097 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 217 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0810888238
  • Verlag: Scarecrow Press; Auflage: 1 (11. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00E1CYC84
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fun and detailed look at the catalogue of the poet with the guitar and harmonica! 30. August 2013
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This book fits in a series by author Jim Beviglia, who has also written similar books reviewing the songs of Elvis Costello and Tom Petty. It counts down from #100 to #1, offering analysis of the lyrics and historical background of each song, which is identified by title and the album it appeared on. As a bonus, a list of the author's second 100 favorites, excluding analysis, is included. I am not a die hard Dylan fan (a Dylanologist, as the author calls them), but I enjoy enough of his music that I found this book to be very informative. I didn't agree with every one of the author's rankings or selections, but that's what makes it so much fun to read. Also, the commentary and historical background provided new information regarding these songs without being bogged down in too much minute detail. It made me take out my Dylan albums and listen to see if I agreed or disagreed with the author. For a music geek like me who usually reads the liner notes before listening to an album, this book was right up my alley. Maybe you won't agree with the author all the time, but how can you criticize a book that makes you want to listen to more music? Give it a read and you'll be pulling out your vinyl, cassettes and CDs to dive into the deep catalogue of the man with the guitar (acoustic and electric) and the harmonica. Great fun!
1.0 von 5 Sternen Shelter From the Storm? 13. März 2015
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I get subjectivity. I really do. Mr. Beviglia believes there are over 90 Dylan songs better than All Along the Watchtower. Really? And Shelter From the Storm; apparently there are 100 Dylan songs better than Shelter From the Storm. I don't think I could list 100 songs better than Shelter From the Storm. I'm not sure there are 10 songs better. I could make an argument there isn't a single better song than Shelter From the Storm.

I'm not claiming that it's the greatest song ever written. I'm saying I could make the case. Hence it certainly belongs somewhere amongst the top 100. And they're asking how much for this book? Check the table of contents before you plunk down. Judgement and credibility count for something, and this waste of paper lacks both.
4.0 von 5 Sternen OK 12. März 2014
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Those are his opinions are his own. We all have our favorites. Too many bootleg songs were picked but still a worthwhile read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bob Dylan His 100 Finest Songs Review 19. Januar 2014
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Bob Dylan’s 100 Finest Songs
By Gloria Keeley

First off the author of “Counting Down BOB DYLAN His 100 Finest Songs”, Jim Beviglia has a real love of the word “titular”. One of the definitions of this word is: ...”denoting a person or thing from whom or which the name of an artistic work or similar is taken”... It’s a word that fits elegantly with the lyrics of Bob Dylan.

I read this book over a period of 3 nights, it is a captivating book. Each song that Jim Beviglia chooses gets the honor of a short essay. That’s one thing I love about this book, the synopses are short and clearly written. Make no mistake though, he delves deeply into Dylan’s lyrics. I can’t say that I agree with all of his choices but that’s the fun part of this book; you can agree or disagree and still find gems of analysis.

I love reading what other people see in Dylan’s lyrics. The thing about Jim’s book is that some of the songs he chose I didn’t pay much attention to when they were released. Two songs from Biograph had me listen more intently to the lyrics: Abandoned Love and Up To Me, both written during the “Blood On The Tracks” time frame. (see links below to hear these two songs).

My number one Dylan song would have been “Visions of Johanna”. When I saw that it wasn’t even number two I began to get hot under the collar. I skimmed down and saw that he’d put the song at number 13. I took a deep breath. Somehow that eradicated all of my anger, number 13 did, indeed, fit well with this song in a sort of twisted way. His analysis of the song was spot on and a great read.

I need to point out the exquisite humor of Jim. When describing “I Threw I All Away” he states: “The combination of sadness and guilt creates levels of pain that even a dentist couldn’t match.” It’s such a great description of the level of pain this song evokes. There are other instances of his humor that make this book a delightful read.

After realizing that Jim’s number one choice wasn’t “Visions of Johanna”, I took a look at what his choice was for that position. I smiled and said to myself, “Of course, this song is one of Dylan’s best, if not the best”. The song is a pure love song with imagery not matched by any of Dylan’s other songs. It’s long and dreamy-smooth and takes you into his soul to describe his admiration and love for one special person in his life. I’ll let you discover what that song is.

I highly recommend this book for any Dylan fan, diehard or new. There are new revelations for everyone. Get it, you won’t be sorry.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bantering About The Musical Bard 27. Januar 2014
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An artist such as Bob Dylan inspires impassioned debate and controversy. A book such as this fits Dylan fans like a glove. Although Beviglia makes fine choices and more than sufficient explanation, fans will enjoy comparing their top choices to his. There also is excellent commentary regarding the history of many of these tunes. Casual and serious Dylan fans will not be disappointed. Discussions among fans about the top choice alone is could lead to hours of conversation. And gems of insight and some little known facts about tracks are worth more than the price of admission.
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