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16 Studies of Dylan as a performer, lyricist, etc, and related works.


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

16 Studies of Dylan as a performer, lyricist, etc, and related works.

"Performing Artist, Vols. 1 & 2" by Paul Williams.
Vol. 1 (1960-1973) - Novato, CA: Underwood-Miller, 1991. 310 p.
ISBN: 0-88733-131-9 (pbk) LCCN: 89-20527
ISBN: 0-88733-090-8 (signed hb); 0-88733-089-4 (hb); 0-88733-101-7 (pbk) LCCN: 89-20527
Vol. 2 (1974-1986) - Novato, CA: Underwood-Miller, 1992. 334 p.
ISBN: 0-88733-144-0 (signed hb); 0-88733-142-4 (hb); 0-88733-143-2 (pbk) LCCN: 92-1769

[Probably the best general studies of Dylan that have yet appeared.
Williams largely eschews lyric analysis and biography in favor of an
admittedly nebulous look at Dylan the "performer:" singer, songwriter,
movie maker, song and dance man. You might not agree with everything
Williams says, but there's no better survey of his output]

"Dylan" by Jonathan Cott. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. 246 p.
ISBN: 0-385-19161-8 LCCN: 84-4049
"A Man Called Alias" by Richard Williams. New York: Holt, 1992. 192 p.
ISBN: 0-8050-2255-4 LCCN: 92-14992
[Both are good picture books, with adequate looks at Dylan's opus]

"On the Road with Bob Dylan" by Larry Sloman.
New York: Bantam Books, Jun 1978 413 p.
ISBN: 0-553-11641-X
[Highly recommended by readers of this newsgroup for its excellent
coverage of the 1975 Rolling Thunder tour and its avoidance of the
usual rock journalism cliches. Out of print, but a new printing
is possible within the next year or so]

"The Rolling Thunder Logbook" by Sam Shepard.
New York: Limelight Edition, Mar 1987 [reprint of 1977 ed.]. 184 p.
ISBN: 0-87910-069-9 LCCN: 86-27366
Originally: Viking Press (A Richard Seaver Book), 1977
Also UK: Penquin Books, 1978 184 p.
ISBN: 0-1400-4750-6 LCCN: 77-11648
[Contains great photos of the 1975 tour]

"Wanted Man - In Search of Bob Dylan" edited by John Bauldie.
New York: Citadel Press, 1991. 224 p.
ISBN: 0-8065-1266-0 LCCN:
Originally London: Black Spring Press, 1990
[A collection of interviews with other performers and personalities who
have worked with Dylan over the years. Many of these interviews have
been quoted in part by the major biographers, and give an interesting,
scattershot but effective portrait of Dylan as seen through the eyes of
his collaborators]

"A Darker Shade of Pale: a Backdrop to Bob Dylan" by Wilfrid Mellers.
New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 1985. 255 p.
ISBN: 0-19-503621-2 (hb); 0-19-503622-0 (pbk) LCCN: 85-272 /MN
Originally London: Faber & Faber, 1984
ISBN: 0-571-13345-2
[Serious musical analysis of Dylan through 1970 - recommended for fans
with a strong background in music theory and history]

"Across the Great Divide: The Band and America" by Barney Hoskyns.
New York: Hyperion Press, 1993. 439 p.
ISBN: 1-56282-836-3 LCCN: 93-17243
[A bio of long-time Dylan collaborators, The Band; contains a good
deal of information on Dylan's work with them, especially on the 1966
and 1974 tours]

"Alias Bob Dylan" by Stephen Scobie. Red Deer, Alberta: Red Deer
College Press, 1991. 192 p.
ISBN: 0-88995-069-5 LCCN: 91-188326 /MN
[Lyric analysis]

"Voice Without Restraint: A Study of Bob Dylan's Lyrics and Their
Background" by John Herdman, New York: Delilah Books, 1982, 164 p.
ISBN: 0-933328-18-4 LCCN: 81-69870
[Lyric analysis, with a discography & bibliography]

"Jokerman: Reading the Lyrics of Bob Dylan", Aidan Day.
Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1988, 189 p.
ISBN: 0631158731 (hb); 0631172459 (pbk) LCCN: 88-6104
[Lyric anaylsis]

"Performed Literature: Words and Music by Bob Dylan" Betsy Bowden.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, May 1982, 239 p.
ISBN: 025334347X LCCN: 81-7217
[Lyric analysis, with a discography & bibliography]

"Prophecy in the Christian Era" by Jenny Ledeen. A study of Bob
Dylan's work from 1961 to 1967, emphasizing his use of enigma to
teach ethics and comparing him to Dante Alighieri and other poets.
Publisher: Peaceberry Press of Webster Groves
308 Greeley Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63119

"Like the Night" by C.P. Lee (with photographs by Paul Kelly)
Interlink Pub Group, August 1998, 192 p.
ISBN: 1900924072

"Like a Bullet of Light : The Films of Bob Dylan" by C.P. Lee
Interlink Pub Group, June 2000, Paperback - 192 p.
ISBN: 1900924064

"Razor's Edge : Bob Dylan and the Never Ending Tour" by Andrew Muir
Helter Skelter Ltd, 1 September, 2001, Paperback - 256 p.
ISBN: 1900924137

"Encounters with Bob Dylan" ed. Tracy Johnson
Humble Press, 1 February, 2000, Paperback 176 p.
ISBN: 0964700921
[a collection of first person accounts of encounters with Bob Dylan]


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