- Gebundene Ausgabe: 768 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon + Schuster UK; Auflage: 01 (6. November 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1471137090
- ISBN-13: 978-1471137099
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 34,2 x 7,3 x 31,3 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 240.424 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Complete Annotated Lyrics (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. November 2014
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Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, Bob Dylan is without question one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. He not only revolutionised popular music by incorporating poetry in his folk and rock compositions, he also helped create a more inclusive and progressive consciousness in American culture.
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Talking New York
Ramblin’ outa the wild West
Leavin’ the towns I love the best
Thought I’d seen some ups and downs
’Til I come into New York town
People goin’ down to the ground
Buildings goin’ up to the sky
Wintertime in New York town
The wind blowin’ snow around
Walk around with nowhere to go
Somebody could freeze right to the bone
I froze right to the bone
New York Times said it was the coldest winter in seventeen years
I didn’t feel so cold then
I swung onto my old guitar
Grabbed hold of a subway car
And after a rocking, reeling, rolling ride
I landed up on the downtown side
I walked down there and ended up
In one of them coffee-houses on the block
Got on the stage to sing and play
Man there said, “Come back some other day
You sound like a hillbilly
We want folk singers here”
Well, I got a harmonica job, begun to play
Blowin’ my lungs out for a dollar a day
I blowed inside out and upside down
The man there said he loved m’ sound
He was ravin’ about how he loved m’ sound
Dollar a day’s worth
And after weeks and weeks of hangin’ around
I finally got a job in New York town
In a bigger place, bigger money too
Even joined the union and paid m’ dues
Now, a very great man once said
That some people rob you with a fountain pen
It didn’t take too long to find out
Just what he was talkin’ about
A lot of people don’t have much food on their table
But they got a lot of forks ’n’ knives
And they gotta cut somethin’
So one mornin’ when the sun was warm
I rambled out of New York town
Pulled my cap down over my eyes
And headed out for the western skies
So long, New York
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Now that that's out of the way, what do we actually have in this book? Absolute gorgeousness. It's massive, hefty, extremely well made and well bound. The paper stock is smooth and supple, and the color reproductions of each studio album (LP covers mostly) is on an even heavier paper stock. The plasticky die-cut dust jacket is functional and should keep the cloth from rubbing and staining. The ribbon bookmark is nice, but I never use them.
As for the contents, it's basically what you'd expect -- lyrics for pretty much every song Dylan's written, with a large number of alternate lyrics and their sources. There are massive amounts of white space, since the lyrics aren't cluttered together, so it's an art book as well as a reference volume. Alternate lyrics are printed in several different shades of ink, a process explained in the rear of the book. Christopher Rick's introduction is practical and plain, keeping the focus on the contents of the book -- Dylan's lyrics. I suspect there will be carping about omissions of certain lyrics (I haven't gone through the book that intently yet), but the Internet fills the gaps.
Having gotten this at the Amazon pre-order price of $120, I'm absolutely delighted with my purchase, and would like to see some reviews that *aren't* based on the slipcase snafu. Personally, I value the book enough that I'm going to have a slipcase made for it for about fifty bucks. It's well worth protecting.
Addendum: In looking through the book, I've noticed one significant omission, and that's "I'm Not There," from The Basement Tapes, which did have an official release on the soundtrack album of the film I'M NOT THERE. I wonder what other similar songs might be missing.
Addendum: Just today (12/16) got an email from bobdylan.com announcing a reprinting: "Back in Print After Worldwide Sellout!" They seem to have raised the price by $100, and list is now $300 as opposed to the previous $200. The email also repeats the previous error of saying the book is slipcased (unless they decided to add a slipcase for the extra hundred bucks). Something to be aware of...
First, you need to know that you cannot buy this book at the normal price. Only 5,000 copies were printed, with 500 reserved for the UK (though it's not technically a limited edition, and perhaps there will be another print run). While the list price was $200, I notice that people are already offering copies used on Amazon for $300 or more. I ordered my copy from Amazon UK, on the first day it was announced, and was disappointed to find that my order was "delayed," with no guarantee that I'd get a copy. Then, about ten days ago, I checked Amazon UK again, and found a third-party seller was offering the book at the same price as Amazon, £81.25, 1/3 less than the UK list price of £120. I was very pleased to receive the book this morning.
The book is slightly bigger than an LP in height and width, in part because the book contains thick cardboard LP covers for each album. These are single sheets of cardboard, with the front and back of each original album printed on them. After each one of those is a list of songs on the album, then their lyrics, as well as, for some albums, songs that are alternate takes or tracks that were later released, such as on Dylan's Bootleg Series.
Each of the songs shows the original lyrics, as well as notes for alternate lyrics, with references to the recordings, such as when Dylan sings different lines or verses on officially-released live recordings. Tell Tale Signs - the Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - is the only non-studio album that gets its own section, as this contains a number of outtakes from more recent years that don't fit anywhere else.
The songs are each laid out on a single, large, left page, so there's lots of white space. If a song is long enough to flow to a second page, it takes up two pages; if not, the right page contains any notes or alternate lyrics, or is blank.
If you want a collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics, you'll certainly want this book, though, to be fair, it's more of a collector's item than a useful reference; it's too heavy and unwieldy to access easily when you're listening to a Dylan album and want to follow along. It is a true coffee-table book: you'll need a table to hold it. Don't even think of holding it on your lap. In fact, for that reason, I'm almost tempted to buy the Kindle edition, but I hesitate, as it may not be easy to navigate.
If you're a die-hard Dylan fan, you may have already gotten a copy of this book. If not, and you're willing to pay a premium, there are some copies available from Amazon. I would be surprised if the publisher didn't reprint it, given the success; it sold out in just a couple of days. But you never know. This may be one of those things where Dylan just wanted a bunch of them printed and no more. (It's worth noting that there was also a 50-copy signed, limited edition of the book sold for $5,000.)
To me, what this book "really" is, is a "collectible" for Dylan fans - I only wish I could have afforded the signed version - but is Dylan's autograph and a slipcase worth the extra $4700? Maybe if he dropped off the copy at the house and had a visit? But I digress.... Viewed as not just a "book" but something to wow like minded fans, it is quite impressive. As as easy to read, easy to hold, curl up on the couch and read along to the scratchy vinyl albums... not so much.
My thoughts on the "wasted space" issue, and excuse me if someone else beat me to this, is that i think the editors are treating Dylan's words like poetry. Pick up any poetry book and you don't see a bunch of short poems jammed together on the same page. Each one is afforded it's own, for you to contemplate, re-read, pause a moment before proceeding to the next one. Now, this is a "gigantic" poetry book, with much more space, but I think it's a reasonable theory.
Perhaps the publishers will take a page out of Taschen's playbook and when this version is out of print, re-print a smaller, more affordable version? It seems likely.
For my own purposes, I'm very happy that I did not wait, the price I paid (pre-ordered at $120.00), and with the overall quality of everything, but especially Dylan's words, which I think deserved this deluxe treatment.
Note 2: I haven't extensively read all the lyrics in this volume...however a line in Tempest's "Narrow Way" is incorrect....He sings "I won't take you on a roller coaster ride.." Where as the Lyrics book states "I want to take you on a roller coaster ride...." totally inconsistent with the context of the song.
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