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Dylan at 80

£14.95

2021 marks Dylan’s 80th birthday and his 60th year in the music world. It invites us to look back on his career and the multitudes that it contains. Is he a song and dance man? A political hero? A protest singer? A self-portrait artist who has yet to paint his masterpiece? Is he Shakespeare in the alley? The greatest living exponent of American music? An ironsmith? Internet radio DJ? Poet (who knows it)? Is he a spiritual and religious parking meter? Judas? The voice of a generation or a false prophet, jokerman, and thief? Dylan is all these and none.

The essays in this book explore the Nobel laureate’s masks, collectively reflecting upon their meaning through time, change, movement, and age. They are written by wonderful and diverse set of contributors, all here for his 80th birthday bash: celebrated Dylanologists like Michael Gray and Laura Tenschert; recording artists such as Robyn Hitchcock, Barb Jungr, Amy Rigby, and Emma Swift; and ‘the professors’ who all like his looks: David Boucher, Anne Margaret Daniel, Ray Monk, Galen Strawson, and more. Read it on your toaster!

260 pp.

Paperback £14.95

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2021 marks Dylan’s 80th birthday and his 60th year in the music world. It invites us to look back on his career and the multitudes that it contains. Is he a song and dance man? A political hero? A protest singer? A self-portrait artist who has yet to paint his masterpiece? Is he Shakespeare in the alley? The greatest living exponent of American music? An ironsmith? Internet radio DJ? Poet (who knows it)? Is he a spiritual and religious parking meter? Judas? The voice of a generation or a false prophet, jokerman, and thief? Dylan is all these and none.

The essays in this book explore the Nobel laureate’s masks, collectively reflecting upon their meaning through time, change, movement, and age. They are written by wonderful and diverse set of contributors, all here for his 80th birthday bash: celebrated Dylanologists like Michael Gray and Laura Tenschert; recording artists such as Robyn Hitchcock, Barb Jungr, Amy Rigby, and Emma Swift; and ‘the professors’ who all like his looks: David Boucher, Anne Margaret Daniel, Ray Monk, Galen Strawson, and more. Read it on your toaster!

260 pp.

Paperback £14.95

8 reviews for Dylan at 80

  1. Scarlet Rivera, violinist on the Rolling Thunder Revue

    “A stellar collection with keen insights into the heart and psyche of Bob Dylan. A masterful and essential guidebook for every Dylan fan. Each chapter’s penetrating analysis provides a key, unlocking the symbolism, myth, and meaning of lyrics spanning his entire career.”

  2. Carolyn Hester

    “Dylan at 80 is a gift, a fascination not unlike the mighty Bob Dylan’s song-bag itself.”

  3. Peter K. McKenzie, author of “Bob Dylan on a Couch & Fifty Cents a Day”

    “Anyone with an interest in Bob Dylan should read this book. The pieces assembled in here are from among the most knowledgeable people on the subject of Bob Dylan. The title alone should give you a clue to the book’s importance. Dylan At 80. But then IT USED TO GO LIKE THAT NOW IT GOES LIKE THIS shows an understanding of the change and growth in a man who uses every tool in his arsenal that he can muster as times change. When he wrote The Times They Are A Changin’ he knew what he was talking about and actually followed his own advice. That, in itself, is a triumph and one of the most difficult things for anyone to do in this life. The book catches that essence. I should know. I’ve known Bob for over 60 years since he lived with my family for many months in 1961 when he was taking his first steps in finding his way. Books like this don’t come along every day. Get it!!!”

  4. Nana Mouskouri

    “It was a wonderful moment when I received this book. It is so unique and I am full of emotion that most of the Dylan songs I ever sung are included.”

  5. Michael Heatley for Record Collector

    “Dylan at 80 often reflects many facets of the (Zimmer)man and deserves to find a place on his fans’ bookshelves.”

  6. Anne-Marie Mai, University of Southern Denmark

    “Dylan at 80, edited by Professor Gary Browning and Professor Constantine Sandis, is as thrilling as the artist himself… The publication dares to confront the reader with scores of diverse topics, each interesting object giving way to the next… Dylan at 80 is a rewarding anthology that I’ll come back to and work on, a formidable inspiration for anyone preoccupied with Dylan, and an obligatory work on the list of books I would recommend on my own personal never-ending lecture tour.”

  7. Rico Isaacs, The European Legacy

    “Dylan at 80 is a remarkable achievement that provides a genuine sense of Dylan’s deep creative well, by offering glimpses into the many elements of the cultural archive Dylan has been assembling over the past 60 years.”

  8. Kent Wennman, Iris Murdoch Review

    “…this is not the ordinary Bob Dylan book with tiresome retellings of his hobo youth, the folk singer turned electric… and so on. Instead, it is a book with interesting and eye-opening essays by people from a wide range of professions… The book offers an amazing collection of essays – brilliantly assembled by the editors… [It] spreads like wildfire in all directions, and it is a very satisfying read… It will definitely have its place in my collection of must-have books.”

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