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Hard rain : a Dylan commentary

Author: Tim Riley
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Rock iconoclast, street poet, social critic, pop icon - Bob Dylan's influence on American culture and music is unrivaled. Here for the first time is an album-by-album look at the most influential figure in American popular music since Elvis Presley, and a chronicle of his journey from little-known folk musician to rock legend.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Riley, Tim.
Hard rain.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
(OCoLC)622673157
Named Person: Bob Dylan; Bob Dylan; Bob Dylan; Bob Dylan; Bob Dylan; Bob Dylan; Bob Dylan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Riley
ISBN: 0394578899 9780394578897
OCLC Number: 25747236
Description: viii, 356 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Talking New York. Bob Dylan (1962) ; The freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) ; The times they are a-changin' (1964) --
Down the highway. Another side of Bob Dylan (1964) ; Bringing it all back home (1965) ; Don't look back (1967) ; Highway 61 revisited (1965) --
Mona Lisa's highway blues. Blonde on blonde (1966) ; 1966 Tour --
Clothesline sagas. The basement tapes (recorded 1967-68, released 1975) --
Retro man. John Wesley Harding (1967) ; Nashville skyline (1969) --
Sign on the window. Self-portrait (1970) ; Dylan (1973) ; New morning (1970) ; Bob Dylan's greatest hits, volume 2 (1971) ; The concert for Bangla Desh (1971) (1971) ; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) --
Napoleon in rags. Planet waves (1974) ; Before the flood (1974) --
Back in the rain. Blood on the tracks (1975) --
Idiot wind. Desire (1975) ; Hard rain (1976) ; Rolling Thunder Revue tour, including the film Ronaldo and Clara (1978) ; The last waltz (1978) --
Temporary like Achilles.
Other Titles: Dylan commentary
Responsibility: Tim Riley.

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Rock iconoclast, street poet, social critic, pop icon - Bob Dylan's influence on American culture and music is unrivaled. Here for the first time is an album-by-album look at the most influential figure in American popular music since Elvis Presley, and a chronicle of his journey from little-known folk musician to rock legend.

In Hard Rain, Tim Riley, author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary, gives us an in-depth portrait of Bob Dylan's ever-changing persona - his relationship with his songs, his players, his critics, his audience, and ultimately himself - through careful analysis of Dylan's music and performances.

Riley examines all of Dylan's incarnations - folksinger, rock star, gospel proselytizer, country-and-western singer - as well as his stints with the Band, the Traveling Wilburys, and the Grateful Dead, all within the context of rock's "least likely longest-running act." The author traces Dylan's humor and social conscience back to Woody Guthrie, and his eccentricity and subversiveness to Presley and early blues singers.

And he shows how Dylan stretched the boundaries of the music industry and informed America's consciousness in the sixties and beyond. Comprehensive in detail, provocative in its interpretive insight, Hard Rain is a richly original evocation of Bob Dylan's work and career. It is essential reading for both longtime Dylan fans and anyone interested in American popular culture.

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