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Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. August 2012

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"As knotty, beguiling, contrary, infuriating and ambitious as its subject . . . the most vital Dylan biography yet" (The Guardian)

"Bell's literary bent is his strength. He brings fresh insight into Dylan's verse" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Bell's analysis is as sharp and intelligent as his award-winning political journalism. Definitely a "must-have" Dylan book" (The Herald)

"This is the best Dylan biography yet - an imagined reliving of an already imaginary life, and a book to sit alongside Ellmann on Wilde, Richardson on Picasso, Ackroyd on Dickens" (Financial Times)

"Treads the fine line between straight reportage and engaging storytelling in expert fashion" (Hot Press)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I Love A Biographer Who Actually Shows Up 26. Januar 2014
Von Alison Wild - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Ian Bell stepped up to this task, and he did so with style and grace. Oh, let's not forget wit. I have read only a few Dylan biographies, but for some reason I've enjoyed them all, because Dylan the person isn't the point. It's Dylan the lightning rod, Dylan the symbolic something or other, spokesman of.....his own truth at the moment he spoke it.

Ian Bell is a lot like Dylan, in ways I can't exactly pin down for you, but he has, like Dylan, strong emotional reactions and a deep personal tie to the events and the era, and he is always present in this book. Ian Bell, bless his Scottish heart, lives and breathes in this epic, he walks you through America as it was, and he holds your hand in his hot sweaty fist. I've never had a book that was read aloud by the author, I don't even have any experience with the "read it aloud" book media, but this is a book I would just love to have on tape (yep, I'm ancient) ok, dvd, but I would just love to hear Ian Bell read these beautiful sentences out loud. And I hope he has a strong Scottish accent, because next to a Welsh accent, that would be my favorite one for a reading performance.

This is not a casual book.

You must show up, as the author most certainly does.

All the myths, the different accounts of this or that are hinted at,but this is a subtle web he weaves and one must do the background reading first.

This is the thinking man's Dylan book.

I don't think I would have gotten it if I had read it when I was younger. I was born in 1961, at the end of October. So I was too young to be able to put all of that decade into any sort of context except that I must say: the toys were incredibly dangerous. I am looking at you, makers of the glass klick-klacks, among many others. Toys like tiny guillotines.

Speaking of which, Dylan pronounces that word "guillotines" in a song and he says it the wrong way. I think this should be researched. Why did he say it that way? How many times has he said it that way in public?

Is he anti-Francophile? Is he trying to tell us, as Americans, that we should all mispronounce French words?

Perhaps he's making some definitive statement with his pronunciation of that particular word, which is a lovely and efficient killing machine, concerning the French Revolution in relation to the American Revolution. This needs some serious research and consideration, people.

Another thing I really appreciated about this book was Bell's very grounded, sometimes ascerbic wit. Yes, as people mentioned here, he asks wry, and ironic or pointed questions, and he does so often. It's his way. There is so much of Bell present, in a delightful, charming, and intriguing presence between the covers of this wonderful book that I might even go hog wild and look for his biography of Robert L. Stevenson.

When I read a book, I am engaging with the writer, and this writer is engaging indeed.

Of the few biographies I've read about Bob Dylan, not one has taken the stance of this author, a thoughtful and fascinated but quite personal stance.

A writer must entitle himself to play G-d (told ya, I'm a Jew) because if he can't speak from that mountaintop it's not going to work.

This book works, and I'm actually reading it again now, because I really didn't understand America. I don't understand America. And I have a dawning suspicion that Ian Bell can teach me about this country, using Dylan as a kaleidoscope and a compass, or maybe a Rorschach test.

So I'm off to read it again.

And I love that it's almost 600 pages, because it's an experience.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen buy the records 13. August 2015
Von Stewart McPhun - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
takes a lot of time to say not very much. Presumably those Dylan fans out there already know lots about him. They won't learn a lot new here. I found the musings on Dylan's poetry interesting but not really insightful. The historical context might be helpful. I lived through a great deal of it so it wasn't exactly new to me. It did get me listening again to the recordings so that would be a plus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A different kind of Dylan book 22. Januar 2014
Von Zenon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Intelligent, in depth analysis of Dylan's inspirations, influences and life experience that shaped his work from the beginning through Blood On The Tracks. If Dylan's songs speak to and captivate you, you'll be drawn in to this well written review of the fascinating, tortuous journey he's taken us on through song. Of course you will not always agree with value judgements made about some of the songs/albums but that goes with the territory. Looking forward to starting the second book.
3.0 von 5 Sternen this book is OK- long and unlike other books on ... 21. November 2016
Von Wendy from Wisconsin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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this book is OK- long and unlike other books on Dylans songs- this one seems to drag on...and there's a part 2.....but I already have that and will probably drudge through that as well. With Dylan books, you just never know when you're going to stumble onto something you didn't know or had never read. Serious fans of Dylan and not just his music only- will get this one....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read. 30. Mai 2015
Von Ronnie Bosch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bell's research on early Bob is impeccable and rewound a vital phase of my life throwing beams on the very songs that moved me then and continue to enlighten. The issue regards the musician's fuzzed identity gathers momentum throughout and convinces at least this reader, explaining quite plausibly decisions and recording choices Dylan had committed to. Great read.
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