Bob Dylan celebrated his 80th birthday this week!
In honor of the prolific songwriter, here are some of the best Bob Dylan books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.
Bob Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, ten Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. (via Wikipedia)
Counting down through the Top 10 Best Bob Dylan Books …
10. Bob Dylan in America
by Sean Wilentz
A unique look at Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan’s place in American cultural history through unprecedented access to Dylan’s studio tapes, recording notes, and rare photographs.
Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan.
Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the emerging artist as he develops a body of work unique in America’s cultural history. Using his unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, and rare photographs, he places Dylan’s music in the context of its time and offers a stunning critical appreciation of Dylan both as a songwriter and performer.
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