Dylan A Biography is Kindle This got a whole lot of stick from Bob fans and Uncle Tom Cobley and all but if you approach it in the right way which is that it s a comic rete
Dylan: A Biography is Kindle This got a whole lot of stick from Bob fans and Uncle Tom Cobley and all, but if you approach it in the right way - which is that it's a comic retelling of the story of an imaginary folk singer from the 1960s - then it's just a complete hoot.Spitz gaily jumps into "Bob"'s mind and recounts exactly what he was thinking when he met Suze Rotolo - sorry, "Suze Rotolo" or when he heard Woody Guthrie for the first time and so on. And Bob Spitz is so mean! But hilarious! Bob was drooling, Bob's eyes narrowed, Bob's smile faded, Bob this and Bob that. Almost like Bob Spitz was actually there - but of course he wasn't.Recommended as a gift to buy for any serious Dylan fan who irritates you to death.. No other book captures it so well, understands so well Greil Marcus. Popular Kindle Dylan: A Biography I picked this biography almost completely because not only am I a Dylan fan but I read Bob Spitz's biography of The Beatles earlier this year and loved his no-nonsense style. He's a biographer who doesn't care to mythologize his subjects and the truth that comes from that perspective is refreshing to see.With Dylan, Spitz presents a man who had a few personality qualities (primarily ambition and insecurity) that has absolutely directed his career. Out of that, you are presented with a guy who, even though he is most known as a folk singer, doesn't view himself in that light and has been perfectly fine drifting through styles. You almost get the sense that he has moved his career in ways that had less to do with a particular style but what would best serve Bob Dylan's career, such as the brief flirtation in the late 70's of doing a Neil Diamond-like concert tour. He does come off as being a real jerk even to those supposedly close to him as his insecurities appear to have created sharp defensive mechanisms. But enough of my psychoanalysis... As with The Beatles, Spitz does a wonderful job of presenting the artist's formative years and initial success but then progressively sped up as I swear the 1980's fly by in like 50 pages, so it's very top heavy but I'm guessing most fans (at least casual ones) are mostly concerned with the 60's Dylan than the 70's and 80's incarnation. So pacing is an issue, but it could have been worse.This biography came out in 1990, so the story stops with the end of the 80's but I would be interested to have gotten his take on the past almost 20 years but that's perhaps a story for another day.