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14 What books about Dylan's life and music are available?




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This article is from the Bob Dylan FAQ, by Adam K. Powers and John Howells howells@bigfoot.com with numerous contributions by others.

14 What books about Dylan's life and music are available?

The number of publications about Bob Dylan continues to grow rapidly:
Here is a three-part overview of some of the better-known books,
divided by subject material. This is only the tip of the iceberg -
better to check a catalog or your local libraries and bookstores for
greater detail.

If you read the following list and think you might want to read many of
these books but could never afford them, do not despair! Inform your
local library of the vast, untapped multitude of popular music resources
by recommending some of these titles to them. Do not be afraid; most
librarians do not bite. After all, what good is a public library that
does not take suggestions from its public? These books are, for the most
part, well-written commentary on the life and music of one of the most
significant popular songwriters of this century, and are a worthy addition
to a library collection...

Also, library catalogues will help you get an overview of published
monographs related to Bob Dylan. A good first catalogue to check is
found in California, and access is easy if you already have full
Internet access.

http://www.melvyl.ucop.edu/

If this union catalogue proves inadequate investigate the "use"
command by typing in "help use" from within melvyl.

Another source to check is the Library of Congress. There is a
good z39.50 www-gateway to locis (lcc) on:

telnet locis.loc.gov
http://lcweb.loc.gov/z3950/mums2.html

Probably the best library collection for Bob Dylan is

telnet ul.cam.ac.uk
http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/catalogue/k.html

If the hundreds of free online public access catalogues available
on the Internet are not enough for you there are more
sophisticated sources such as CURL, OCLC, First Search, RLIN,
UTLAS, NACSIS and the like... But you will need a password and
someone must pay the bill!

 

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