‘All I can do is be me, whoever that is.’
The many ides of Bob Dylan are revealed in this collection of the artist’s words and lyrics.
Having celebrated his 80th birthday in May 2021, with plaudits given around the globe, this influential and enigmatic troubadour-poet has been a-changing with the times since the 1960s, when he was the ‘voice of a generation’. Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winner, musician, artist, author and actor, the living legend’s words have inspired, enthralled, provoked and puzzled generations of fans, literary buffs, musicians and songwriters – and have been mulled over by academics and artists alike. This collection of quotes – humorous, grave, desperate, passionate, fearless, surreal – includes a rich tapestry of confessions, admonitions, laments, prophecies and existential meanderings.
Interspersed with fascinating facts, The Little Guide to Bob Dylan sheds light on the deep inner workings of this taciturn man and his music.
Many of Dylan’s songs were hits for other artists, including the No.1s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ for the Byrds, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ for Jimi Hendrix and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ for Peter Paul & Mary.