Wednesday 25 April 2012

The search for the real Bob Dylan

The Jester played for the King and Queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean and a voice that came from you and me. (Don Maclean, American Pie)

Five decades after the release of his eponymously titled first album, Bob Dylan remains as relevant as ever. He continues to sell out shows and, although I found it lacklustre, his 2009 album Together Through Life was critically praised and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in America. The far superior (in my opinion) Modern Times and even better Love and Theft, attained platinum and gold respectively.

I've just pre-ordered from Amazon David Dalton’s Who Is That Man? In Search of the Real Bob Dylan which is due to be published on 14 May to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Dylan's first album Bob Dylan.

Dalton’s book features interviews with Dylan’s family and friends, Joan Baez, Keith Richards, Bobby Neuwirth, Kris Kristofferson, Suze Rotolo, Clive Davis, Tom Petty and others, to provide a fresh perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both.

There is a fascinating and perceptive of Dylan’s music and image, what it meant for the social movements of the Sixties, and what it means for Americans today as well as a captivating interview with David Dalton by Francis Schaeffer disciple John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, at Oldspeak, the online journal of The Rutherford Institute.

OldSpeak is dedicated to publishing interviews, articles and commentary on subjects often overlooked by the mainstream media in the areas of politics, art, culture, law and religion.

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