Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz is part a biography and part a cultural-historical study. Originally released in 2010, the book not only chronicles Dylan’s life journey and music career in the early 60’s, but it also explores the social, political, and cultural background at that time. Wilentz portrayed many aspects that gave influence on Dylan’s works, from the folk revival, to Beat literature, to the nation social-political situation.
With extraordinary access to exclusive materials (from recording tapes, unpublished photographs, and rare notes), Wilentz successfully delivered a rich and enlightening book about one of the most important musicians in history, Bob Dylan, and the influence he got from and his profound impact on America.
Cover and Details of Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz (PDF)
- Title: Bob Dylan in America
- Author: Sean Wilentz
- Publisher: Doubleday
- Date Published: September 7, 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385529880
- ISBN-13: 9780385529884
Summary of the Book
Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan.
Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the emerging artist as he develops a body of work unique in America’s cultural history. Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, and rare photographs, he places Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.
Reviews of Bob Dylan in America
“Wilentz’s book stands apart…in the lucidity of its prose, the rigor of its research and convincing originality of the place he assigns his subject in the context of American cultural history…Here is scholarship that successfully slips the bonds of specialty and pretension.” —Los Angeles Times
“Among those who write about Dylan, Wilentz possesses the rare virtues of modesty, nuance and lucidity, and for that he should be celebrated and treasured.” —The New York Times
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