By Greil Marcus
The publication starts in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a section on Dylan’s convey on the college of Minnesota—his first actual visual appeal at his alma mater—on election evening 2008. In among are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus’s liner notes for the 1967 Basement Tapes (pop music’s most famed bootlegged information) to his exploration of Dylan’s reimagining of the yankee event within the 1997 day out of brain. And rejection; Marcus’s Rolling Stone piece on Dylan’s album Self Portrait—often known as the main recognized checklist evaluate ever written—began with “What is that this shit?” and resulted in his departure from the journal for 5 years. Marcus follows not just recordings yet performances, books, video clips, and all demeanour of highways and byways within which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our tradition.
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Now that Captain Beefheart fans sneer at the legions of Led Zeppelin, who sneer right back, Dylan is offering an album of humor and depth, and it may well be accepted as a gift by almost all of the audience, as something to be held in common and as something to be shared. As the lines and phrases of New Morning pass into our speech, we may find that Bob Dylan’s remarkable new songs not only speak to us, but give us the means by which we can, for a time, speak among ourselves. Bob Dylan, New Morning (Columbia, 1970).
Once upon a time . ” The song assaults you with a deluge of experience and the song opens up the abyss. ” That wasn’t good enough. ” It peered out through “This Wheel’s on Fire” and “All Along the Watchtower,” but it seems Dylan has stepped back from its edge. The abyss is hidden away now, like the lost mine of a dead prospector. “Like a Rolling Stone,” as we hear it now, is like a fragment of a faded map leading back to that lost mine. 9781586488314_marcus 8/9/10 4:54 PM Page 17 BREATH CONTROL, 1970–1974 17 (13) I once said I’d buy an album of Dylan breathing heavily.
Daylight’s sneakin’ through the window and I’m still in this all-night café” (and that’s songwriting—look at how much he gets into one line). He’s bored out of his mind by this river bank that for some reason holds him with its own obscure inertia. You thought I hadn’t noticed, huh? You thought while I was learning Hebrew I forgot how to speak English? People disagreein’ on just about everything, yep Makes ya stop and, wonduh why Or this way: People disagreein’ everywhere ya look Makes ya wanna stop and, uh, read a book!