The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia
"The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia" is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.Bob Dylan's outreach is too wide, too deep and too long for any book about him to cover it all. He'll be 65 years old when this book is published and his career spans 45 years of American history. The many different kinds of entry that are in the book include: biographies of singers, musicians, songwriters and composers who have influenced Dylan and/or worked with him; critical assessments and factual details (including place and date of recording, date of release and original catalogue numbers) for all Dylan's albums and for a large number of individual songs from decades of work; and, Dylan's key career and biographical moments.The many different kinds of entry that are in the book also include: biographies of writers, poets and other key cultural figures who have impacted on Dylan's work and/or who are mentioned within it, from William Blake to William Carlos Williams and from Lenny Bruce to Franz Kafka, in each case delineating the often surprising ways in which they connect to Dylan's work; short biographies of music critics and authors of books and major websites on Dylan; critical assessments & facts on Dylan's own books and films; and, discursive subjects, from Dylan Interpreters to Cowboy Heroes, and from The Use of Hollywood Dialogue in Dylan's lyrics, to 'frying an egg on stage'.
- Paperback | 784 pages
- 175.26 x 254 x 43.18mm | 1,610.24g
- 04 Jul 2008
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- London, United Kingdom
- Updated, Revised ed.
- 75 bw illustrations
"Michael Gray's book embodies a lifetime of critical engagement with Dylan's art. It's probably the most comprehensive work on the subject, and also one of the most entertaining." The Guardian "This is a book to fall in love with." The Daily Telegraph"
About Michael Gray
MICHAEL GRAY is a distinguished critic, writer & broadcaster. He graduated in History & English Literature at York University in the 1960s where he studied under the controversial, brilliant critic Professor F. R. Leavis, and where as a student journalist he interviewed the legendary American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. His pioneering study of Bob Dylan's work, Song & Dance Man, was the first full-length critical study of this crucial 20th Century cultural figure. It is now recognised as a classic in its field. Michael Gray is recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan and is an expert on rock'n'roll history and the blues, with a special interest in pre-war blues. Please visit his blog at http://bobdylanencyclopedia.blogspot.com.