CRRL Picks - Great Lives 2014 - Bob Dylan
Annotation: Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.
Annotation:One of America’s finest historians shows us how Bob Dylan, one of the country’s greatest and most enduring artists, still surprises and moves us after all these years. Wilentz’s approach places Dylan’s music in the context of the time, including the early influences of Popular Front ideology and Beat aesthetics, and offers a larger critical appreciation of Dylan as both a songwriter and performer down to the present.
Annotation:Deemed by "The New Yorker" as "the most readable and reliable" of all Dylan biographies, this book will give fans what they have always wanted -- a chance to get to know the man behind the shades.
Annotation:"The Bob Dylan Scrapbook" is the highly collectable illustrated biography of Dylan's life during the 1950s and 60s. Created in association with Bob Dylan, the Scrapbook is crammed with features including rare photographs, facsimiles of handwritten lyrics and rare memorabilia.
Annotation:Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns "Chronicles: Volume One" into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.
Annotation:Candid and refreshing, "Down the Highway" is a sincere tribute to Dylan’s seminal place in postwar American cultural history, and remains an essential book for the millions of people who have enjoyed Dylan’s music over the years.
Annotation:Bob Dylan is popular music's most celebrated poet/singer/songwriter - a legend, a maverick and a superstar who has rarely given away much about his personal life. Now comes "Dylan: 100 Songs & Pictures," a truly unique collectable book about the man, featuring the full sheet music of his most important songs plus the intimate stories behind them - all accompanied by 100 rare photographs.
Annotation:Traces Bob Dylan’s journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Peter Ginzberg, Maria Muldaur, Pete Seeger, Liam Clancy, Mavis Staples and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever.
Annotation:The '80s was a particularly shifting, uncertain decade for Bob Dylan's creative voice. But he capped it off with his first album of all-original material in several years and his best since "Infidels."
Annotation:Award winning writer, Ian Bell, draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all of their contradictory brilliance. For the first time, the laureate of modern America is set in his entire context: musical, historical, literary, political, and personal.
Annotation:At the beginning of "Time Out of Mind," Bob Dylan finds himself in the same dead-day world as on 1964's "One Too Many Mornings." By now, though, he can't be bothered to romanticize the street and the distant dogs' barking; he can only moan about how sick he is of love, of himself. No matter how lousy he feels, this is the work of a mighty, mighty man.
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Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium, Sean Wilentz, Princeton University professor and author of “Bob Dylan in America,” will discuss Dylan’s life and music.