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The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob [Kindle Edition]

David Kinney

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In Bob We Trust is a wonderful book—well written, insightful, and smartly reported. In chronicling Bob Dylan’s fans, David Kinney provides a clear-eyed portrait of the artist and the country that created him.”
(Jonathan Eig author of Luckiest Man)

"The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefist Derby is more than just your run-of-the-mill fishing tournament. . . . [The Big One] is a lot of fun as Kinney's day-in, day-out descriptions of the tournament itself—complete with accusations of cheating, bitter rivalries, health concerns and Cinderella stories—play out like a frenzied baseball season condensed into one month of triple-headers."
(Publishers Weekly)

"In this lively book, Kinney combines a first-person account of a single derby with a history of the tournament itself (and it's distinctly checkered history, with allegations of corruption and conspiracy, not to mention a few notable fatalities). . . . Fans of you-are-there accounts of sporting competitions will definitely want to read this one."

Praise for The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish

“Mr. Kinney … takes up his story with an enthusiasm that more closely resembles that of an embedded war correspondent.”
(The Wall Street Journal)

“A rollicking account of the annual striped bass and bluefish derby on Martha’s Vineyard, spiked with the you-are-there view of the beauty, folly, and humanity of the participants. Kinney follows some of the most intriguing personalities, does a bit of fishing, and documents the at-times tricky relationship between the blue-collar derby participants and the well-to-do seasonal residents of the island.”

“A roaring account … The Big One is a fun, two-fisted read. … I’ve fished the derby before and the excitement that surges through town is electric. Rumors, laughter and accusations fly. Kinney’s book captures these tales of chicanery, one-upsmanship and braggadocio, and just the overall weirdness.”
(Cape Cod Times)

“What Kinney uncovers in documenting this event is the deep cultural underbelly of a fishing society that few people on the outside will understand.”
(Martha's Vineyard Times)

“Who knew a book about a fishing tournament could be so damn compelling?”

“Fish fan or not, you will find the narratives and characters in The Big One rich and intriguing and weird and wonderful. A great read and a great tale.”
(Susan Orlean New York Times best-selling author of Rin Tin TIn)

The Big One is a rollicking true story of a grand American obsession. You don’t have to be a fisherman to relish David Kinney’s marvelous account of the annual striper madness on Martha’s Vineyard, or his unforgettable portraits of the possessed. It’s a fine piece of journalism, rich with color and suspense.”
(Carl Hiaasen New York Times best-selling author of The Downhill Lie)

“Catching a fish off a Vineyard beach at Derby-time is about as much fun as you can have with waders on, and in The Big One David Kinney nails the chase and captures the thrill. His book is funny, brackish and moving. A keeper.”
(Michael Bamberger senior writer, Sports Illustrated)


FAN: “You don’t know who I am, but I know who you are.”

BOB DYLAN: “Let’s keep it that way.”

Bob Dylan is the most influential songwriter of our time and, after a half century, he remains a cultural touchstone, an enigma, and the subject of endless fascination. From the moment he arrived on the music scene, he attracted an intensely fanatical cult following, and in The Dylanologists, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney ventures deep into this eccentric subculture to answer a question: What can Dylan’s grip on his most enthusiastic listeners tell us about his towering place in American culture?

Kinney introduces us to a vibrant underground: diggers searching for unheard tapes and lost manuscripts, researchers obsessing over the facts of Dylan’s life and career, writers working to decode unyieldingly mysterious songs, road warriors who meticulously record and dissect every concert. It’s an affectionate mania, but as far as Dylan is concerned, a mania nonetheless. Over the years, the intensely private and fiercely combative musician has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fans who try to peel back his layers. He has made at least one thing crystal clear: He does not wish to be known.

The story of Dylan’s followers is also a revealing portrait of the artist himself. Here, reflected in the fans he inspired and the cultural movements he helped create, is every twist and turn in a career that has swerved from lefty activist to ultra-hip spokesman for a generation to woodsy recluse, from secular storyteller to fire-breathing Christian evangelist, from punch line to elder statesman. Dylan may refuse to explain himself to his followers, but their lives have become mirrors of his, so profoundly are their stories intertwined.

Told with tremendous insight, intelligence, and warmth, by turns funny and affecting, The Dylanologists is ultimately a book about our universal quest for meaning. It is populated by characters both legendary and obscure, from aging hippies to idealistic twentysomethings and everyone in between—a young woman who, stirred by Dylan, attends law school and becomes a public defender; a man who crams his New York City apartment with memorabilia, transforming it into a pilgrimage spot for Dylan fanatics; a woman inspired by her hero’s redemptive music to go clean after years of drug use. Here is a joyous, soulful, and poignant exploration of the origins and meaning of fandom, the healing power of art, and the importance of embracing what moves you, whatever that may be.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1840 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster (13. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DPM80BQ
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Completely Unique Dylan Book 20. Mai 2014
Von Bornintime - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've read about 60 books on Bob Dylan in the past 3+ decades. You see I have been stricken with a mild case of the disease that the subjects of this book suffer from (not that mild I suppose since I have a couple/few hundred Dylan discs in my house). I've gotten better in the sense that I have little desire to read more books about Bob. Most books about Dylan fall into a couple categories - either a biography (read Heylin's updated Behind The Shades and be done with bios) or else some author's tedious explanation of what they think the songs mean or how good the shows are. Who cares? Everyone brings their own interpretation to the songs and your view is just as good as Greil Marcus's. Except yours might actually be somewhat based on reality.

But this book is different. It talks about the fringe followers - the people who obsess over Bob - who love him, love his work, buy every album and bootleg, follow him on tour, stalk him, collect windows from his boyhood home, possess screws from a Big Pink piano. It is so refreshing to read about real people with real experiences rather than rehashed biographical data and opinions. People who have actually met the man or who live for the next show or cd release. What is interesting to me is how the reader, if he is a Dylan fan, will automatically compare their own suspect behavior to the people in this book. I find myself thinking things like: "Yeah, I've done that" or "I wish I did that" or " That may have been a little much - but I kind of understand".

The author said somewhere that he could have made this book 1000 pages. The biggest compliment I can pay him is to say that I wish that he did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This land was Bob land..... 23. Mai 2014
Von Gail Ofterdinger - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a preteen when Dylan achieved his first commercial successes, I, too, fell under the spell of his lyrics and recordings. It was intriguing to read of his literary influences and the meaning behind the meaning of some of his texts. I had little knowledge of his not-so-poor background (his mother owned a fur coat?)from an upstate Minnesota town. He practically sewed himself to the side of his dying idol, Woody Guthrie, and learned that idolatry is fraught with myth. What a hoot to read of the tour groupies who camp outside of each venue in all weathers, striving to be the first ones let into the hall, in order to rush up to the rail at the base of the stage on the off-chance that Bob might look down on them during the concert. Even more dedicated are the surreptitious tapers who attach their recording equipment to their skin with duct tape to sneak it into the concert. If you would have passed by the men's room before the show started, you would have heard loud ripping sounds as the components were ripped from their adhesive. Ouch! The author recounts the tales of folks who have devoted their entire apartments to shrines to all things Bob and the couple who owned the cafe in his hometown, crammed with Bob memorabilia. Waiting for Bob to come and bless it. We are also exposed the the uber Dylanologists, the folks who own every release and know every word of every song. They wait for the next crumb to drip from his lips. This work took me back and brought me forward. Find yourself first before your pledge your life to a reluctant hero. Well done, Mr. Kinney. My thanks for a complimentary copy to Net Galley and Goodreads.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Book on Dylan and Popular Culture I Have Ever Read 23. Mai 2014
Von Charles M. Mann - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is the best book on Dylan and popular culture I have ever read. Kinney brilliantly details Dylan’s creative genius from his childhood through the present by interweaving the stories of a wide assortment of obsessive fans – some brilliant and some close to lunatics.

I think the great message of the book is that we should enjoy the wonderful music that Dylan has given us and allow him his privacy to live a safe and peaceful life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Facinating, Obsessed, Occasionally Delusional Fans of Bob Dylan... 2. Juli 2014
Von Michel Short - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob" authored by award winning music writer David Kinney was an unexpected intriguing read. The topic of exuberant scholars, professors, fans/followers totally obsessed with Bob Dylan that dedicate their lives to listening and analyzing his music, collecting bootleg tapes and other miscellaneous objects, scraps of paper- anything Dylan, stalking him- going to all his concerts, living their lives to meet him or have him notice/speak to them. Though Dylan's music will be likely remembered hundreds of years from now, many of the more serious fans detailed and profiled in the book were both fascinating and disturbing.

Kinney writes historically of Dylan: from the shrine of his hometown in Hibbing, MN where fans congregate, early music career and concerts beginning in the 1960's to current times. It was interesting to learn that the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival was planned around a hopeful appearance of Dylan who lived in Woodstock at the time. Dylan's inspiration of Woody Guthrie's music was also noted, as was the folk, country, blues, rockabilly influences.

Dylan has always remained elusive and somewhat mythical to fans, insisting that he wasn't who people thought he was, did not have anything important to say specifically to them beyond what was recorded in his music. He routinely changed his life situations, beliefs, ideas projected to fans, many theorized to "head trip", mess with fans, and avoid being known. He always refused to elaborate or define himself. Dylan, a private person, was overwhelmed by his millions of "strange", obsessed, and "needy" fans who wanted and demanded so much from him. Dylan didn't want to be a spokesperson or responsible for anyone but himself. Throughout the book, his fans consistently made Dylan and his music the center of their universe, this is unlikely to change.
Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for this engaging read from the Goodread's Giveaways.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is how great poets work. 19. Mai 2014
Von Bill Pen - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've been a Dylan fan since the sixties, and I consider him the greatest of the four great poets of rock: Dylan, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and Randy Newman. When I was learning to write poetry, my mentors were an ex-Poet Laureate of the United States and the State Poet of Nebraska. I've published a couple books of poetry and a novel and taught poetry for thirty years. Do NOT call what Dylan is doing plagiarism. It isn't. The technical term is LITERARY ALLUSION. Many poets use it often. Shakespeare used it continuously. Great poets don't work in the dark. They write surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. (That phrase alludes in itself to many sources.) It's wonderful to learn about the wealth of Dylan's vast cloud of literary allusion. He doesn't read systematically. Sometimes he reads deeply, sometimes he reads secondary sources. But he READS. Imagine being in Dylan's mind! Imagine listening to him ramble on for hours. Imagine following his enthusiasms! I've written poems that are filled with allusions that no one will ever notice. How delightful that there are people searching out Dylan's thousands of allusions. Does it turn out that he is James Joyce and T.S. Eliot combined? Hooray! Would that we had more intelligent, well-read authors of lyrics. Dylan doesn't want to meet us, and I can't really blame him. But I'm so glad that he is what he is and that he is still among us. Somewhere. In disguise.
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