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    DescriptionBob Dylan was the most influential songwriter of his time. Half a century later, he continues to be a touchstone, a fascination, and an enigma. From the very beginning, he attracted an intensely fanatical cult following, and in The Dylanologists, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney ventures deep into this eccentric subculture to answer the question: What can Dylan's grip on his most enthusiastic listeners tell us about his towering place in American culture? In exuberant prose, Kinney introduces us to a vibrant underground: diggers searching for unheard tapes and lost manuscripts, researchers obsessing over the facts of Dylan's life and career, writers working to decode the unyieldingly mysterious songs, collectors snapping up prized artefacts for posterity, travellers caravanning from concert to concert. It's an affectionate mania, but as far as Dylan is concerned, a mania nonetheless. Over the years, he has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fans who try to peel back his layers. Intensely private and fiercely combative, Dylan makes one thing plain: He does not wish to be known. Intelligent, entertaining, and insightful, The Dylanologists is a richly detailed work of narrative journalism in the tradition of Confederates in the Attic and an absorbing story about the tension between zealous fans and their beloved idol.


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    Title
    The Dylanologists
    Subtitle
    Adventures in the Land of Bob
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Kinney
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451626926
    ISBN 10: 1451626924
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVH, AVGP
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000, MUS020000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 782.42166092
    LC subject heading:
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    22 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Kinney is the author of The Big One. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, his writing has appeared in newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
    Review quote
    "By getting his subjects to talk about the moment, often years past, in which they were swayed by Dylan's music, Kinney humanizes the archetype of the pop junkie. . . . Most of the fans that Kinney talks to aren't fools or stalkers. They have simply developed an usually strong affinity for an artist and his music. . . . Kinney's own fandom seems to have lapsed a bit into skepticism, yet he never mocks the continued devotion of those who still believe."--Ian Crouch, "The New Yorker "