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The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is one of the most wide-ranging, informed, entertaining, provocative, and compulsively readable books ever written about popular music. It's the culmination of over thirty years of dedicated research and scholarship by Michael Gray.

Inside these pages, you'll find a world of ideas, facts, and opinions. It's a world in which Baudelaire flows on from the Basement Tapes and A.S. Byatt looks out at the Byrds; in which Far from the Madding Crowd follows Ezekiel and Bob Geldof introduces Jean Genet; and in which Hank and William Carlos Williams stand side by side while J.R.R. Tolkien trails the Titanic. Most of all, of course, it's a world in which everyone and everything interconnects, in endlessly fascinating ways, with one of our greatest living artists: Bob Dylan.


Click here to read an interview with Michael Gray:

http://www.continuumbooks.com/news/details.aspx?NewsID=202&ImprintID=2&CountryID=2&ReturnType=2
"Michael Gray... probably Dylan's single most assiduous critic." - New York Review of Books
 
"Fans of Bob Dylan have a multitude of choices when it comes to biographies and retrospectives, but author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. ... Insightful and
entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influences and his legacy."
 -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"...has all you need to know, and more" -Richard Corliss, Time  
"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style, and asks to be read, not just consulted." -Village Voice  
"Deeply impressive...destined to be the most important Dylan book, bar none."-Gerry Smith, The Dylan Daily  
"Utterly idiosyncratic." -Janet Maslin, New York Times
 
"Amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Door-stopping detail." -Toronto Star

"Magnificent...won't just astonish readers with its detail about Dylan's work...contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and a personality study."
 -Nashville City Paper

"Comprehensive and up-to-date."
 -Slate


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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780826469335
ISBN-10: 0826469337
Pagini: 800
Ilustrații: 75
Dimensiuni: 180 x 254 x 46 mm
Greutate: 1.51 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Locul publicării: New York, United States

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Publication coincides with a recent surge of interest in Dylanâ?Ts musical influence.

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Recenzii

"Author Michael Gray outdistances them all with this voluminous collection of all things Dylan. Gray's knowledge of his subject is seemingly boundless, yet he manages to maintain a critical eye and keep Dylan's work in perspective. While Gray is certainly a fan, it's this impartiality that fuels the book and gives it weight. Insightful and entertaining, Gray's tome will broaden appreciation of the artist, his influenced and his legacy." -Publisher's Weekly, June 2006
"This heavyweight tome is loaded with facts about Mr. Funny Voice and the world/mythology that has grown up around him." -The Fader Magazine, July/August 2006
"There is always room for a volume as utterly brilliant as Michael Gray's The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. It is a wonderfully serendipitous read. There's plenty for everyone from the most hardened Bobcat to the general music lover. Strikingly intelligent, poetic, subtly humorous and buzzing with an awareness of the richness of life, he's the perfect match for his subject." -What's On in London, July 14, 2006
"It's a great labor of love. It stands comparison with David Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Cinema as a sustained piece of entertaining opinionated heartfelt and argumentative writing masquerading as an objective gazetteer. Gray has chosen to base most of his entries around people rather than songs, dates, and tours; the book is thronged with life." -London Evening Standard, July 11, 2006
" Gray presents another indispensable installment for Dylan fans: An encyclopedia of Dylan's life detailing the lives behind the songs and the faces behind the ghosts-an encyclopedia stitched together by the invisible thread of ghostly faces who came to cross the poet's path during the last 50 years. Encyclopedia is a bold undertaking that pierces its target at the center-heart of the bull's eye. The book traces Dylan's life in a music event-by event, person-by-person, major song by major song. And it is a thrilling ride, indeed, Gray providing traditional encyclopedic sketches of Dylan's great body of work, each morsel of information presented in an alphabetized form. At this point, the call to Dylan fans is quite clear- if you buy one book this year on the rock-and-roll icon, this one better be it." -The Electric Review, June 30, 2006
"Few will be disappointed by The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. It's likely to become the biggest selling Dylan book of all. The Encyclopedia majors on its author's unparalleled expertise, his critical judgment and a ready intelligence and authorial finesse rare among writers of Dylan books. The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia's strengths include authoritative essays positioning Dylan's work in the context of other artistic traditions-notable the Bible, English Literature, the blues, rock 'n' roll, nursery rhymes and film. Gray's analysis of the influence on Dylan's work of the Book of Ecclesiastes is the most evocative piece of writing on the musician you're likely to encounter." -CHOICE
"Seriously now, do get two new books on the artist: Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews, a collection of 40 edgy conversations edited by Jonathan Cott and Michael Gray's The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, which has all you need to know, and more, about the little big man." -Time Magazine, May 2006
"As much a fascinating portrait of an era as a thorough, detailed study of a master singer/songwriter. Gray's book also spotlights Dylan compositions and associations, often providing the real story behind the song of the collaboration rather than the conventional or accepted version. It only reaffirms his commitment to the creative process and knowledge of many different idioms, plus his ability to get inspiration from non-musical sources as well. It contains so many insights and refutes so many myths about the rock 'n' roll era in general that it's invaluable as both a reference guide and personality study." -The City Paper, June 2006
"This massive effort covers many of his songs, albums, and film work, as well as just about every personality associated with the folk singer/rock star. But this is no dry reference tome. Gray freely quotes from a variety of sources, in addition to relying on his own considerable knowledge. Overall, this is an amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work." -Library Journal Starred Review, June 2006
"This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style and asks to be read, not just consulted. Gray details every artist Dylan has ever interpreted or collaborated with along with all of his critics and chroniclers, logger and bloggers, trash collectors and microbe hunters." -The Village Voice
Interview with Michael Gray's about his book.'there is always room for a volume as utterly brilliantas Michael Gray's, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.   ' Strikingly intelligent, poetic subtly humorous and buzzing with an awareness of the richness of life, he's the perfect match for his subject.' What's in in London, Joe Cushley, 13 July 2006
'I had no doubt that this would be a monumental work from the man who us probably the world's leading authority on the iconic singer-songwriter.     No other artist in the history of popular music could deserve or justify the compilation of such an enormous reference work, which is also a great tribute to Dylan's cultural genius, as well as to his standing in the spheres of literature and academic study as well as music.' 5 stars   Western Daily Press  (Bristol), Geoff Ward, 13 July 2006
'Michael Gray now unleashes an authoritive reference tome...Gray's critical powers remain top rank and it will be well nigh impossible for you to ever just dip in and read only one entry.' ~ Guitar and Bass Magazine, 1 Sept 2006
' Hank Williams rubs shoulders with William Carlos Williams in this monumental work, which seeks to pin down the many influences on Dylan's work, and to tease out the literary, autobiographical and musical references within it. Michael Gray has devoted half a lifetime to Dylan scholarship.'  London Review of Books, 3 August 2006
"The Encylopedia majors on its author's unparalleled expertise, his critical judgment and a ready intelligence and authorial finesse... in three quarters of a million words, he paints a massive canvas. Over 730 pages, its daunting breadth of coverage and sheer level of detail is deeply impressive... from today, Michael Gray's new Encyclopedia is destined to be the most important Bob Dylan book, bar none." --The Dylan Daily
"This is a book to fall in love with."--The Daily Telegraph
Read this The Times Magazine
Michael Gray... is arguably the pre-eminent Dylan scholar  -  enviably knowledgeable, scabrously tart and enthusiastically iconoclastic... [and his] irreverence is one of the joys of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia... It won't be the last word on Dylan but it is easily the most comprehensive. The Sunday Herald (Scotland)
"A great labour of love... It stands comparison with David Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Cinema as a sustained piece of entertaining, opinionated, heartfelt and argumentative writing... The book is thronged with life... [and] leads you irresistibly from one connection to another... Throughout there is a rich sense of what these people have meant to Dylan  -  and what he has meant to them, and to all of us who have merely listened and been moved."--London Evening Standard
'It won't be the last word on Dylan but it is easily the most comprehensive.'
Mention - Today's Books, March 2006
"Comprehensive and up-to-date" -David Yaffe, Slate, May 2006
"...all you need to know, and more, about the little big man." -Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"Michael Gray, who has spent years trying to capture Mr. Dylan's lightning in a bottle, has produced Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, a heavy, utterly idiosyncratic compendium. It's even up-to-date enough to make reference to The Essential Interviews and include a snarky reference to Mr. Cott. Among its many other categories: 'book endorsements, unfortunate,' 'blues, inequality of reward in,' ' co-option of real music by advertising, the,' ' radical political activity in 1960s-70s US, the strange disappearance of' and 'repertoire, Dylan's early, unsuited to commercial radio.' -Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Article promoting photographic exhibition of Bob Dylan, and the author signing of Michael Gray's book.   In Durham Advertised - 10th June 2006 and Chester Le Street Advertiser -  10th June 2006.
'As well as being a vert informative writer, Michael Gray displays a great wit.'   Country Music People, Spencer Leigh, 1st September 2006
'An almost one-stop shop for anything Dylan related, it's mix of humour and the most specific, unparalleled knowledge, as is Gray's talent.' Record Collector, 1 October 2006
'This impressive book could be a life's work in itself...a consitently well-written and endlessly fascinating book. it ;s wonderful for dipping into. And above all, it takes you back to the music that still says so much.' Coventry Evening Telegraph, Charles Barker, 'Delve into the deep and wonderful world of Dylan', 16/09/2006
'What will Bob Dylan make of Michael Gray's lit-crit heavy new book? Fun, I imagine.' Word Magazine, 01/09/2006
"Thoroughly researched and highly idiosyncratic, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is a fascinating reference - with essential information and cool arcana in entries like 'Aaronson, Kenny' (Dylan's bass player, 1988-89), 'nursery rhymes, Dylan's use of, pre-1990' and 'Zimmerman, David' (Dylan's kid brother). Michael Gray eschews the dispassionate voice typical of reference books for a highly opinionated take on his muse's work. The entry for the 1983 album Infidels offers, 'Another ragbag collection of insipid material'; the 'Victoria's Secret' item merely reads, 'See co-option of real music by advertising, the.' Still, where else can Dylan fans find detailed information on the two unnamed women ('Dylan, Sara' and 'Dennis, Carolyn') Dylan refers to as 'my wife' in Chronicles?"
"A masterpiece for the coolest of coffee tables. ... stylish and witty tome" Collective North East, August 2006
"Will keep you entertained for a lifetime." Collective North East, August 2006
"Gray disguises his book of Dylan criticism as a reference book, and often a funny and pointed one. ...If you pull it out to look something up, you'll stay with it to read another entry or five." -San Diego Union-Tribune
"Memphis Slim, Ricky Nelson, John Donne, Kenneth Patchen, Charlie Sexton, Mavis Staples, Jack White, Paul Griffin, Ray Charles, Sam Lay, and hundreds of other musicians, song titles, and albums make up the bulk of this book of knowledge. You might not be able to carry it on the back of your bicycle without tipping over as you chase down Dylan's tour bus, but it'll certainly come in handy as you ponder Bob's connections to Franz Kafka." - T.J. McGrath, Dirty Linen, No. 138, October/November 2008
"a massively comprehensive work... cross referencing is thorough and helpful, end notes to entries detail source material... More unusual and extremely helpful, is the CD accompanying the Encyclopedia which provides the book duplicated as a PDF... An exceptional facility" Whitby Music Port
"Michael Gray's Encyclopedia is a mind-blowingly detailed source of information about Dylan and everything Dylan-related"David Sinclair, Classic Rock Magazine, September 2008
"Author Michael Gray is recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan and is an expert on rock'n'roll history and the blues" M Magazine, september 2008
"Designed for Bobby Zimmerman fanatics, this mammoth tome provides a stupendous amount of information on the folk-rock bard's long, enigmatic career. ..and his thoughtful essays on Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Everly Brothers transcend boilerplate bios, offering genuine insight into their music and impact."--Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal
Title mentioned in The Bookseller.
"...this mammoth tome provides a stupendous amount of information on the folk-rock bard's long, enigmatic career. Separate alphabetical entries on Dylan's songs, records, tours, sidemen, heroes and influences, books, films, and assorted ephemera comprise Gray's amazingly comprehensive encyclopedia..."- Bill Dahl, ARSC Journal, Spring 2007, Vol. 38 No. 1
"It catalogs virtually anybody and anything with at least a peripheral connection to Dylan... it is astonishingly complete."- Sing Out!, Spring 2007 Vol. 51 No. 1
Gold winner of the 2006 ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award for Music.
''this mammoth tome provides a stupendous amount of information on the folk-rock bard's long, enigmatic career''   Michael Gray, ARSC Journal, Spring 2007
mention- The Word, Nov. 2006
"A musical map of the 20th century with which you can wander for hours, learning about obscure folk heroes and tarrying in the long-forgotten scenes." --Melissa Katsoulis, Sunday Telegraph
"Erudite, idiosyncratic, witty and caustic- like its subject- Michael Gray's The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia provides more than 850 entries on sidemen, songs, friends, family and more, reaching from "Aaronson, Kenny" (Dylan's 1988-89 bassist) to "Zimmerman Family. --Goldmine Magazine
" This Bob Dylan book is for extreme fans, critics, scholars and practitioners of cultural studies. It's a 730 page encyclopedia of all things Zimmerman."- Jewish Herald Voice, August 24,2006
"Weighty and phenomenally comprehensive...This meticulously researched book with its many insights, shrewd opinions and rewarding digressions, is clearly a labour of love and will avidly devoured by Dylan fans everywhere... Indispensable!"
"This massive addition to Bob Dylan lore should be more than enough to satisfy even the most rabid fans of the man and his music. Michael Gray has here added to the material from his voluminous Song and Dance Man III (Continuum, 2001) and put it into encyclopedic form, making it easy to peruse and a handy reference tool. The encyclopedia is thoughtful and engaging, offering some interesting analysis of songs and periods in Dylan's oeuvre. Entries on people such as Blind Willie McTell really make the book a worthwhile addition, and the author's sometimes humorous and opinionated writing makes the book lively and entertaining. It is the organization of the book that is somewhat difficult and at times comical: I am not sure who would ever look for entries such as 'co-option of real music by advertising, the.' This is a worthwhile book for Dylan completists and scholars. It is a good choice for public, college and university libraries."-American Reference Books Annual
"...highly amusing and entertaining , the type of book to leave on a coffee table and absorb in intervals."- Bill Holdship, Los Angeles City Beat
"The depths of scholarly effort applied to Bob Dylan's artistic and cultural legacy know no bounds. One of the most startling demonstrations of this is Michael Gray's massive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, which is an alphabetical amplification of research and opinions that he delivered in a more journalistic form in the critically acclaimed Song and Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan. Gray's myriad entries cover songs and albums, events in Dylan's life, along topics, Dylan's collaborators and influences, and seemingly anything in popular music that intersected, however obliquely, with Dylan or his work.... Gray has his own opinions, often expressed strongly, but this is a fascinating tome to peruse and a splendid source for Bob Dylan arcane."- Michael Parrish, Dirty Linen, October/November, 2006 #126
"Michael Gray is a renowned authority on Dylan, and from his 700-plus-page tome, it's clear that he's forgotten more about Dylan's music, his influences, cultural impact and songs than the man himself ever knew. The diverse selections of topics covered ranges from frying an egg on stage to Baudelaire, and includes esoterica such as Dylan's relationship to the blues, as well as musical insight and scathing criticism- mostly of musicians other than Bob."- The Guitarist, November 2006v
"This is an eccentric book, perhaps more so than its subject, and it is Gray's unfettered subjectivity that makes it so engaging. The book thrives on unexpected connections and little-known facts... Gray's passionate subjectivity mirrors his subject's wholly idiosyncratic journey through life, as well as the complexities and contradictions that make Dylan who he is... Gray's approach is characterized by a mixture of undiluted opinion and genuine fairness... There is an endearingly spontaneous feel about the book, unusual for something so rich and weighty. And this freewheeling quality is in tune with the essence of one-tale-and-no-overdubs Dylan, an artist too spontaneous to be cramped by perfectionism."- Times Literary Supplement
mention- Sign On San Diego, Oct. 19, 2006
mention- Today's Books, Sep. 20, 2006
So many books have been written about Bob Dylan that one would wonder at the need for another - but this isn't a reference book alone; it provides a fun, readable text which packs in over eight hundred entries, over twenty pages of illustration, and everything there is to known about Dylan, including a searchable cd-rom to boot. Critic Michael Gray has written about Dylan before, but this is his most definitive work and represents the culminating achievement of a world authority on the topic: if there's only one Dylan reference your public library holding can afford, it should be this definitive guide.-California Bookwatch, October 2006
"...an encyclopedia of American music that plays "6 degrees of separation from Bob Dylan", with extensive, perceptive, thoughtful analysis and commentary on each entry, not just as they relate to Bob, but where each stands on its own right. The book offers some of the keenest, most carefully researched information and commentary on each person, place or thing as is likely to be found in succinct form.... Plus there's a ton of information on forgotten influences, 1930's string bands and such. So, if there's room on your shelf for one more..."- Tom Peterson, Victory Review, October 2006
mention- Today's Books/ Fall 2006
"Rock 'n' roll historian and Bob Dylan authority Gray's...opinions and editorializing are prevalent throughout. This makes for unique entries, such as " Interviews and the myth of " their rarity (in which he claims Dylan actually averaged one interview per month over 40 years) and " Dylan being "bored" by his acoustic material 1965-66, the myth of" . In fact, the entire book is written in a refreshingly relaxed manner, as befits a music critic and fan. The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia...is a valuable addition to academic and large public library collections, primarily because of Gray's knowledge and reputation as a Dylan expert."  -Booklist, October 15, 2006
"In truth, this is a work of criticism disguised as an encyclopedia, with lengthy analyses and commentary on songs such as "Highlands," "Gotta Serve Somebody" and "Love Henry" to name a few.... Gray's range of subjects, from "Dylan interpreters" to "Blow, Kurtis" (a rapper) to "co-option of real music by advertising, the" makes The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia far more provocative than the title would suggest."- Alex Rawls, offBeat
Title mention in The Idependent on Sunday, 16 July 2006
"...this isn't a reference book alone; it provides a fun, readable text which packs in over eight hundred entries, over twenty pages of illustration, and everything there is to know about Dylan, including a searchable cd-rom to boot... his most definitive work and represents the culminating achievement of a world authority on the topic: if there's only one Dylan reference your public library holding can afford it should be this definitive guide."- The Midwest Book Reviewv
Collector's Item - New Statesman
'Nobody could possibly fault Gray's book for lack of diligence...We Dylan admirers will happily put in on our shelves next to the RIck's book and pull it down on noisy gin-soaked evenings with friends.' ~Kevin Jackson Sunday Times, 23 July 2006
"The encyclopedia succeeds admirably in demonstrating, in Gray's words, that 'to burrow into Dylan's art at length and in detail is not to shut the door on the wider world in pursuit of a narrow obsession but rather to open up that wider world, to be sent down a thousand boulevards..."
"Michael Gray's book embodies a lifetime of critical engagement with Dylan's art. It's probably the most comprehensive work on the subject, and also one of the most entertaining. ...The scale of research is colossal. Facts have been assiduously double checked, sources scrupulously detailed. ... Gray has made excellent use of the efforts of Dylan fans who have, over the years, unearthed all kinds of data, much of it previously available only in fanzines and websites. ...The encyclopedia succeeds admirably in demonstrating, in Gray's words, that 'to burrow into Dylan's art at length and in detail is not to shut the door on the wider world in pursuit of a narrow obsession but rather to open up that wider world, to be sent down a thousand boulevards..."--Mike Marqusee, The Guardian
"The scale of research is colossal. Facts have been assiduously double checked, sources scrupulously detailed. ... Gray has made excellent use of the efforts of Dylan fans who have, over the years, unearthed all kinds of data, much of it previously available only in fanzines and websites."
"...Bertolt Brecht, John Donne, Lord Buckley, Kenneth Patchen, ... Gray ... shows a balanced appreciation of their connection with Dylan."
"He editorialises freely and intelligently."
'Some of the 850 entries in this 800-odd pages read more like highly enjoyable essays, which which the man who has analysed Dylan's works on the closest detail adds his own critical view to the know (and many little-know) facts.'   'the book is a feast for Dylan geeks and less zealous but nostagic lovers of his best works alike. No artist has been so discussed, argued and written about.'   Mention on Michael Gray's book signing.

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