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Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Dalton

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  • Sprache: Englisch
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"Mr. Dalton, a founding editor of Rolling Stone, dates back so far in Dylan watching that he was all but present at the creation. He writes not just about Mr. Dylan but about what it's like to have lived in close psychic and musical proximity to him for so long."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"[Dalton's] attempts at exposing, debunking, and celebrating the essence of Robert Zimmerman's Dylanness, and vice versa, make for an intriguing, often amusing, vision quest. Dylan's quirks, kinks, and inscrutability are fascinating fodder for endless interpretations. Dalton is entitled to his, and they're the opposite of dull."—Robin Finn, The New York Times Book Review

"For all of the shelf-busting Dylan literature that's out there, it's rare that you find a book in which the music is discussed as adroitly as any aspect of the life... Dalton is a penetrating critic."—Colin Fleming, Washington Post

"Addictive reading... This approach would have crumbled in lesser hands, but Dalton does a stunningly good job."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The mysteries of Bob Dylan captured in even-handed, never-boring fashion... This lively and literate attempt to read a half-century's worth of brain scans from a literal living legend strikes the right balance between admiration and skepticism."—Kirkus Reviews

"All David Dalton's books are wonderful, but Who Is That Man? is especially insightful, funny, and beautifully written."—Marianne Faithfull

"Dalton's crazy poetic prose first caught my eye in Rolling Stone back in the day. Have loved his writing ever since. Oh yeaah!"—Steven Tyler

"The first truly hip analysis of the ultimate hipster."—Lenny Kaye


A Kaleidoscopic Look at the Many Faces of 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 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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 11740 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 663 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hachette Books (24. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #251.816 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Masterfully Done 25. Juli 2012
Von W. Murray - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you are a fan of Dylan, rock history, or social change this book is a great read. Dylan the man has long been better at telling us about ourselves and our society than at revealing himself - only periodically offering glimpses of who he may be, revelations that he quickly denies. Even his "autobiography volume 1" was more of a collage and a tease than any true chronicle.

With "Who Is That Man..." Dalton has written a masterful book. He places Dylan in the midst of a changing musical scene and a changing society, which he deconstructs to reveal how Dylan connected to underlying elements, primarily in the world of music.

Early in his career, during the folk/protest years, Dylan was characterized as a spokesperson for his generation - a label that he began to deny almost immediately. Far from being an idol, there is sadly a growing collection of biographies that paint an unflattering portrait of Dylan in many ways, revealing a character that seems to be at odds with the idealism and romance of his body of work. For example, although he's not generally associated with wanton drug use - having escaped the fate of Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix, and others - Dalton writes that Dylan was a heavy user of speed, and introduced John Lennon to heroin. Dalton tells how Dylan consistently and consciously used others to advance his career, how his personality had a deep and wide cruel streak that he intentionally adopted, and how he was a rival of other hipsters of his day, Warhol, the Beatles, the Stones. This book can be added to that list of unflinching scrutiny as people interviewed by the author take Dylan to task for his associations, his behavior, and his acid pen.

But at the same time none of this detracts from Dalton's admiration of Dylan's brilliance - of Dylan's ability to sniff the air and catch the scent of a moment, a scene, a relationship, and render it with just enough ambiguity such that millions of fans hear him speaking to them personally. Dylan once said that "songs just came to him" - in the sense that they already existed, that they floated through the air, and that he just channeled what was there like a scribe, putting poem-pictures to paper. Dalton does his best to take us into that mind, into how that perspective may have come to Dylan, and succeeds in doing so, to the extent we can ever understand how anyone thinks, let alone a great artist.

Dylan is now 71 years old, and it is unlikely that we'll be seeing anything like a true, traditional autobiography emerge, leaving it to others to decipher his mystery and talent, and to opine about his legacy. Dalton has done an admirable job with this task, producing a book that is artfully written and enjoyable to read, and respectful and admiring of its subject, even if it reveals some uncomfortable truths. In the end, though, it all seems just about right - Dylan has spent his life dissembling, criticizing society, politicians and business people while growing rich from his fans to whom he's often been indifferent. That he too eventually is revealed to the very fanbase that has made him what he is seems like fitting subject matter for a Dylan song, one that is perhaps already floating through the air, a song in which Dylan tears into his biographer, and if you listen closely perhaps you can hear Dylan trying it out, his sharp nasal rasp flinging out the words...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ballad In Plain Dalton 3. Juni 2012
Von Michael Simmons - Veröffentlicht auf
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Having read all 917 and 1/2 books about Bob Dylan, David Dalton's Who Is That Man? is the tops. Like a good biographer and historian, Dalton knows the facts. Like the fine writer he's shown himself to be over and again, he's part-poet, part-stand-up comedian, part-psychoanalyst, part-screenwriter. For example, his literate and witty exegesis of Dylan's novel Tarantula is a classic of Creative Bobology. Bravo!

And Young Matt, if you're going to call out the author for an error, you ought to be a bit more careful yourself. It's called a "chapter," not a "chaper."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best Dylan biographies ever written 3. Juni 2012
Von John W. Whitehead - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Who Is that Man?" is one of the best Dylan biographies ever written. This is one of David Dalton's best efforts since his "James Dean: The Mutant King." What makes this book so relevant is David's unique perspective on Dylan's music. Dylan's influence has been immense and his mythology will continue to haunt the cultural landscape long after he bites the dust. That influence--quirks and all--is brought to vivid life by Dalton.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BEST DYLAN BIO EVER- WHO IS THAT MAN? 2. Juni 2012
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Nothing written about Bob Dylan comes close to David Dalton's WHO IS THAT MAN? It's intelligent, funny, insightful, caustic, revealing and driven by Dalton's completely original voice. Having read all available bios, this is the only one that creates a work of art about the artist while still telling the facts as they are known. Dalton brings the various stages and disguises of Dylan's life alive with an energy that is breathtaking. The bio is brilliant rocknroll prose that never shies away from the truth(s) while shining a light on the deceptions and lies that accompany any individual's growth as an artist- especially one as mercurial as Dylan. Dalton sees somebody naked and searches for reality among the costumes, masks and make-up that cover Dylan in evermore translucent transformations over his seventy-one years on this earth. Reading this bio is like hearing HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED for the first time- whatever you feel about it, you won't forget it. Finally, a book about rocknroll that IS rocknroll! Read it and get busy being born....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining and argumentative 6. Juni 2012
Von Vincent - Veröffentlicht auf
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Dalton writes with wonderful flair and feeling and shows no hesitation about voicing opinions on Dylan's long and varied career. The photographs are excellent as well. While I admire this book, it does not quite rank with the works of Heylin, Williams, or Gray. Particularly unsatisfying is the compressed final section of the book, where Dalton paints an opinionated and overly generalized picture of Dylan's "dismal" performance art of the late 1980's and early 1990's. Of course, the 1991 Stuttgart show is one of the worst displays by any performing artist and the brief Grateful Dead collaboration didn't work at all, but anyone who attended or has collected the concerts of late 1987 through 1990 (and the last part of 1991) will take issue with Dalton's blanket condemnation. Many if not most of those performances rank as some of the finest in Dylan's career. Moreover, Dalton's claim that the band was indifferent and had numerous replacement parts is simply inaccurate. G.E. Smith, Tony Garnier, and Christopher Parker were mainstays during most of that period. While Dylan himself may have had various issues, the concerts themselves were quite brilliant. I was at quite a few. Nevertheless, the first three-quarters of Dalton's book is absolutely solid, and the overall rating would be five stars, were it not for the seriously flawed finale.
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