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

ISBN-10: 1401323391

ISBN-13: 9781401323394

Edition: 2012

Authors: David Dalton

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A Kaleidoscopic Look at the Many Faces of Bob DylanFor 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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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

David Dalton is the founder and director of Delta Gardens in southern New Hampshire, a center for flower essence research and education. The center treats adults, children, and animals and also trains practitioners from many professional fields for the ongoing inquiry into the effects of flower essences on the body, mind, and emotions.

Prologue: Something Was Happening but I Didn't Know What It Was: That Afternoon with Bob
Creation Myths
The Hall of Early Folk Memories
Woody Junior
Li'l Abner on Bleecker Street
Folk Messiah
The Zimmerman Letter
From a Buick 6
The Hallucinated Alphabet
Bob Gets Wired
How Does It Feel? Self-Portrait at 24 Frames per Second
Ballad of a Thin Man
Godzilla vs. Mothra: Two Icons of the '60s Meet Under False Pretenses
That Wild Mercury Sound: What Are Shakespeare, Memphis Minnie, Jackie Deshannon, John Lennon, Achilles, Napoleon XIV, Lesley Gore, Johann Sebastian Bach Doing on This Album?
After the Ambulances Go
Somebody Got Lucky but It Was an Accident
Fifty-Four Minutes Inside Bob's Brain
Who Is Tiny Montogomery?
The Cowboy Angel Rides: John Wesley Harding
The Invisible Man Goes to Nashville
The Amnesia
How Dylan Became Dylan, Sort Of...
Under the Rings of Saturn
The Second Coming of Bob
Bob's Wild West (Village) Show
Epiphany in Room 702
Down the Road
When I Paint My Masterpiece
The Enigma Variations
Photo and Illustration Credits
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