Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz (PDF)

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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.

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Ramones: An American Band by Jim Bessman (PDF)

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Originally published in 1993, Ramones: An American Band by Jim Bessman is a well-written biography of Ramones, iconic American punk rock band with indisputable influence in music. Bessman is a music journalist who actually knew the band. And it gave him vast access to Ramones and their inner circle. With such access, Bessman conducted many interviews where he collected valuable stories and anecdotes from the band members and their family, friends, and crew.

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