1. Music will always be a major part of our lives
2. Bob Dylan will always be a major part of music
Teens of the sixties and seventies believed in the words of their musical heroes. They sang our heartaches, our victories, our romances...they sang our lives. They took us through the horrors of war and the drug and sexual revolutions. The singer/songwriter who did it best of all was a young man named Robert Zimmerman, who left his hometown of Hibbing Minnesota and his name behind. He became Bob Dylan, and even those who couldn't get past his scratchy voice understood that he spoke the words of a generation. He wrote for most of the big (and many lesser known ) singers during his career, and his fans could never get enough.
There have been many books written about Dylan, but what makes this one fun is that the focus is on his fans...the Dylanologists. His cult-like following knows more about him than he probably remembers about himself. He is a private man and wishes they would all disappear, but they won't. They hunt for lost tapes and lost manuscripts, and they obsess over the facts of his life and career. The reader gets to read about Dylan through the eyes of many of these fans. We get to see how he and his music changed their lives.
If you want a straight biography of Bob Dylan, this is not the way to go, but if you want to laugh, maybe cry and surely feel something, I think this is a book for you.
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication - May 13, 2014