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Who Is That Man? : In Search of the Real Bob Dylan

ISBN: 9781401323394 | 1401323391
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hyperion
Pub. Date: 4/24/2012

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A Kaleidoscopic Look at the Many Faces of Bob Dylan For almost half a century, Bob Dylan has been a primary catalyst in rock's shifting sensibilities. Few American artists are as important, beloved, and endlessly examined, yet he remains something of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman, yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe playing Greenwich Village haunts? Folk Messiah, Born-Again Bob, Late-Elvis Dylan, Jack Fate, or Living National Treasure? In Who Is That Man?, David Dalton-cultural historian, journalist, screenwriter, and novelist-paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon, ingeniously exposing the three-card monte games he plays with his persona. Guided by Dalton's cutting-edge insights and myth-debunking point of view, Who Is That Man? follows Dylan's imaginative life, integrating actual events with Dylan's words and those of the people who know him most intimately. Drawing upon Dylan's friends and fellow eyewitnesses-including Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Stampfel , Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Eric Andersen, Nat Hentoff, Andrew Oldham, Nat Finkelstein, and others-this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both. Praise for Who Is That Man? "All of David Dalton's books are wonderful, but Who Is That Man? is especially insightful, funny, and beautifully written." -Marianne Faithfull "Dalton's crazy poetic prose first caught my eye in Rolling Stone back in the day. Have loved his writing ever since. Oh yeaah!" -Steven Tyler The first truly hip analysis of the ultimate hipster. -Lenny Kaye Praise for David Dalton "James Joyce meets the Blues, Voodoo, and Jimi Hendrix. Proust couldn't and didn't write like this." -The Herald (Glasgow) "Dalton writes like a mad, inflamed poet. Searing images." -Oliver Stone


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