Narrator Victor Bevin's warm, reverential performance sets the tone for this incisive look at what makes Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited album so important in the pop-culture canon. Containing songs whose influences resonate to this day, this album was the first time the rock visionary version of Dylan appeared. Bevin applies a tastefully restrained enthusiasm appropriate to the musical and literary analyses of the songs and to the biographical descriptions of mid-60s Dylan. Fans will enjoy this comprehensive look at the album's enduring appeal.
Between the fitfully brilliant Bringing It All Back Home and the sprawling masterwork that is Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited stands as the defining moment in both Dylan's career and the musical evolution of the mid 1960's. But beyond its place in history, Highway 61 works because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal.
In this incisive book, Marl Polizzotti shines a critical light on these remarkable songs and shows us the timeless qualities that make them - and the album as a whole - so affecting.
Mark Polizzotti is the author of five previous books, including Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (1995) and Los Olvidados (2006). He lives in Boston. 33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music.
©2006 Mark Polizzotti; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
A great listen. Not a massive Dylan fan but do like a lot of his music and fascinated by the man himself. This was a very detailed look at the making of an amazing album and Dylan's career in the sixties.
"Quote and close quote"
If you like hearing these words literally, 100's of times throughout this audio book. Go ahead and listen. It drove me crazy! The rest of the story was minimally interesting
"Literate and well-narrated."
The audio version is terrific. I cannot imagine the print version to be superior.
Any of the other titles in the 33 1/3 series. This is a cut far above others in the series I have listened to.
The information concerning the classic song "Like a Rolling Stone". No spoilers but the speculation concerning who the song is about is fascinating.
I shed tears of joy at the quality of this magnum opus.
For a Dylan fan this was audio Nirvana. The book was stuffed with great inside information about each song.
"Re: Quote and Close Quote"
I totally agree that the quote and close quote in the narration killed it for me. I couldn't listen to it anymore.
This will get you to dust off your old lp and give the album a fresh listen to...insightful
"Absolutely quote and close quote"
Robert is right. How did this get recorded and released with this major problem? This book needs to be rerecorded. As is, it's unlistenable.
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