Folk Music
Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010
Bob Dylan
Writings 1968-2010
Paperback      ISBN: 1610391993
Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan's life in music is revisited by his foremost interpreter -- weaving individual moods and moments into a brilliant history of their changing times.

The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota -- his very first appearance at his alma mater -- on election night 2008. In between are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus's liner notes for the 1967 Basement Tapes (pop music's most famous bootlegged archives) to his exploration of Dylan's reimagining of the American experience in the 1997 Time Out of Mind. And rejection; Marcus's Rolling Stone piece on Dylan's album Self Portrait -- often called the most famous record review ever written -- began with "What is this shit?" and led to his departure from the magazine for five years. Marcus follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.

Together the dozens of pieces collected here comprise a portrait of how, throughout his career, Bob Dylan has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of traditional American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains. They are the result of a more than forty-year engagement between an unparalleled singer and a uniquely acute listener.
Bob Dylan: American Troubadour
Bob Dylan
American Troubadour
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810884208

With Bob Dylan's receipt of the Nobel Prize in Literature, his iconic status as an American musical, cultural, and poetic giant has never been more apparent.Bob Dylan: American Troubadour is the first book to look at Dylan's career, from his first album to his late masterpiece Tempest. Donald Brown provides insightful critical commentary on Dylan's prolific body of work, placing Dylan's career in the context of its time in order to assess the relationship of Dylan's music to contemporary American culture. Each chapter follows the shifting versions of Dylan, from his songs of conscientious social involvement to more personal exploratory songs; from his influential rock albums of the mid-1960s to his adaptations of country music; from his three very different tours in the 1970s to his "born again" period as a proselytizer for Christ and his frustrations as a recording and performing artist in the 1980s; from his retrospective importance in the 1990s to the refreshingly vital albums he has been producing in the twenty-first century. Bob Dylan: American Troubadour will engage not only Dylan fans and students of his work but also those interested in American popular music, history, and culture. Anyone who has been touched, challenged, or surprised by a Dylan song will enjoy this concise and informed critical exploration of Dylan's music and his place in the American musical landscape.

Bob Dylan: The Biography
Bob Dylan
The Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470636238

The ultimate biography of the musical icon.

A groundbreaking and vibrant look at the music hero to generations, DYLAN: The Biography digs deep into Bob Dylan lore--including subjects Dylan himself left out of Chronicles: Volume One.

DYLAN: The Biography focuses on why this beloved artist has touched so many souls--and on how both Dylan and his audience have changed along the way.

Bob Dylan is an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and an Oscar winner for "Things Have Changed." His career is stronger and more influential than ever. How did this happen, given the road to oblivion he seemed to choose more than two decades ago? What transformed a heroin addict into one of the most astonishing literary and musical icons in American history?

At 72 years of age, Dylan's final act of his career is more intriguing than ever--and classic biographies like Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades and even his own Chronicles: Volume One came too soon to cover this remarkable new chapter in Dylan's life.

Through extensive interviews and conversations with Dylan's friends, family, sidemen, and fans, Los Angeles Times journalist Dennis McDougal crafts an unprecedented understanding of Dylan and the intricate story behind the myths. Was his romantic life, especially with Sara Dylan, much more complicated than it appears? Was his motorcycle accident a cover for drug rehab? What really happened to Dylan when his career crumbled, and how did he find his way back? To what does he attribute his astonishing success? McDougal's meticulous research and comprehensive interviews offer a revealing new understanding of these long-standing questions--and of the current chapter Dylan continually writes in his life and career.

Bob Dylan: American Troubadour
Bob Dylan
American Troubadour
Paperback      ISBN: 1442279532

With Bob Dylan's receipt of the Nobel Prize in Literature, his iconic status as an American musical, cultural, and poetic giant has never been more apparent. Bob Dylan: American Troubadour is the first book to look at Dylan's career, from his first album to his late masterpiece Tempest. Donald Brown provides insightful critical commentary on Dylan's prolific body of work, placing Dylan's career in the context of its time in order to assess the relationship of Dylan's music to contemporary American culture. Each chapter follows the shifting versions of Dylan, from his songs of conscientious social involvement to more personal exploratory songs; from his influential rock albums of the mid-1960s to his adaptations of country music; from his three very different tours in the 1970s to his "born again" period as a proselytizer for Christ and his frustrations as a recording and performing artist in the 1980s; from his retrospective importance in the 1990s to the refreshingly vital albums he has been producing in the twenty-first century. Bob Dylan: American Troubadour will engage not only Dylan fans and students of his work but also those interested in American popular music, history, and culture. Anyone who has been touched, challenged, or surprised by a Dylan song will enjoy this concise and informed critical exploration of Dylan's music and his place in the American musical landscape.

Bob Dylan: I Was There 1958-1969
Bob Dylan
I Was There 1958-1969
Paperback      ISBN: 1911346415

There's a lot in print about Bob Dylan but very little of it is from the fans-eye view of the people who saw and heard Dylan in his reputation-building first decade. From Hibbing to New York and then on to the world. Through the folk and electric years through to Woodstock, John Wesley Harding and the basement tapes. This book follows Dylan through those who knew, worked with and saw him. It offers a unique perspective on the man and the times.

Bob Dylan in America
Bob Dylan in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0767931793

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.
The Book of Canons
The Book of Canons
Paperback      ISBN: 1622770854

Beautiful and attractive books from the most prominent collector and advocator of the rich heritage and diversity of folk songs

The premise of a canon is that a single song can be sung starting at different times creating lovely harmonies. The Book of Canons is an incredible resource--a sumptuously illustrated collection of more than 140 time-tested canons drawn from all over the world, by some of the great composers throughout history. Each canon in this collection is ranked by difficulty and includes a general translation if needed.

The Book of Playground Songs and Rhymes
The Book of Playground Songs and Rhymes
Paperback      ISBN: 1622770889

Beautiful and attractive books from the most prominent collector and advocator of the rich heritage and diversity of folk songs

For generations, neighborhood kids would gather to skip rope, bounce balls, play hand-clapping games, or choose one another to be the first "it" in a game with a counting-out rhyme. The songs and rhymes in this book were made by playing these games and are a great foundation for music learning. By sharing these songs and rhymes with students during music class, today's students will discover the joy of music and, hopefully, share the songs, rhymes, and games in this collection with their friends and family. The songs are organized into five distinct categories: Hand Clapping, Jump Rope, Ball Bouncing, Counting Out, and Passing and Stick Games.

The Book of Song Dances
The Book of Song Dances
Paperback      ISBN: 1622770862

Beautiful and attractive books from the most prominent collector and advocator of the rich heritage and diversity of folk songs

Dances accompanied by singing have been enjoyed by people of all ages for hundreds of years. These dances have served an important social function as people share the joy of synchronizing with others through their body, spirit, and voice. John M. Feierabend has collected song dances that have their roots in American heritage, as well as a few from other countries. Each dance is organized by type (single circle, double circle, square dances, etc.) and includes complete dancing directions. This beautifully illustrated collection is for anyone looking to reclaim this great folk dance tradition, use great songs to teach musical concepts--or simply have a great time.

The Book of Song Tales for Upper Grades
The Book of Song Tales for Upper Grades
Paperback      ISBN: 1622770870

Beautiful and attractive books from the most prominent collector and advocator of the rich heritage and diversity of folk songs

The tradition of telling stories in song goes back centuries in the form of broadsides and ballads. Topics included love, religion, drinking, legends, and early journalism, which is how information about disasters, political events, wonders, and prodigies was spread or learned. These songs were sung and listened to by villagers and kings. John M. Feierabend has compiled this beautifully illustrated collection of songs that tell stories is perfect for anyone who wants to carry on the tradition.