Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

All the Songs : the Story Behind Every Track

Book - 2015
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Get the story behind every recording session, album, and single released during Bob Dylan's illustrious-and now Nobel Prize-winning-career.

Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the New York Times bestselling, definitive book that captures Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. It is the only book to tell the stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, behind all the 492 songs he released. Organized chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the details that led to the composition of Dylan's recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists who worked with Dylan. Lyrics and accounts of the recording sessions are accompanied by classic photos, both in and out of the studio, to create a true Dylan treasury.

Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the comprehensive record of the music career which defined an era, delighted fans for more than 50 years and has now won the world's most prestigious prize.

Publisher: New York :, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781579129859
Branch Call Number: 782.421 M
Characteristics: 703 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Guesdon, Jean-Michel - Author


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my, this is really interesting. can you believe he's had such a long, excellent career? but how does one know if these are really the stories behind the songs? not that they aren't entertaining, here I discovered, or was it on the internet, that bobby had finally written a tribute song to his friend, John Lennon. It was included on the album of Dylan's called Tempest, released in 2012. For awhile now I had thought the song, Jokerman, from back in the 80s, was that tribute song, but n-o-o-o. The name of the song is Roll On John, obviously a reference to John's posthumous #5 song, Nobody Told Me, which features the exhortation, "Roll!" by John to start off the outro of the peppy tune.

Jan 05, 2017

Only a true fan would pick up this nearly 700 page doorstop. There are lots of pictures, but surprisingly no album cover photos, as far as I noted. I borrowed it because I had not yet gotten a handle on the last ten or so albums of Dylan. Sure the songs were well played and well sung, but was there something extraordinary about them. It was good to get the overview, but there were a bit too many facts on the recordings and not enough on Dylan. We knew the mike that that he used, and the guitar and the producer and the harmonica, but little about what he was going through, apart from the break-up with Sara. A lot was said about his sources but little about his intent. Many, many biblical references were noted, some of which were far-fetched, but in other cases, well-established references were mixed-up completely. In the end, it was a pile of facts - some right, some wrong - thrown together a little too quickly. I guess that it is difficult to think clearly for 700 pages. Herman Melville, where are you?


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