Who Is That Man? : In Search of the Real Bob Dylan, Hardback

Who Is That Man? : In Search of the Real Bob Dylan Hardback

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Even after five decades in the spotlight, Bob Dylan remains as relevant as ever.

He continues to sell out shows on a "never ending tour," and his 2009 album, Together Through Life, was both critically praised and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

His two previous albums, Modern Times and Love and Theft, reached platinum and gold, respectively.

This book is published to co-incide with the 50th anniversary of Dylan's first album Bob Dylan.

Few American artists are as important, beloved and endlessly examined as Bob Dylan, yet he remains something of an enigma.

Now - veteran journalist David Dalton - paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon that will be a must-have for his legions of fans. In this new biography, he interviews a whole new group of family, friends, and collaborators to shed light on this fascinating star.

Includes exclusive interviews with Joan Baez, Keith Richards, Bobby Neuwirth, Kris Kristofferson, Suze Rotolo, Clive Davis, Tom Petty, and others - this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages, Illustrations, facsims., ports.
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9781780385464



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Even though Bob Dylan came into our homes via the media,swearing to be an orphan, his father Abe, who died in 1968 and his mother Beatty, were his parents, exposing Dylan's creation myth. His mother, Beatty Zimmerman, was clearly instrumental in Bob's belief that he was marked out for great things. From the book, we learn that his mother's love granted him a dark narcissism and a deep vein of selfishness. His personal relationships included callous dismissals of old friends and loyal retainers, and an utter disregard for others when it suited hm. Even though he was an on and off Liberal Arts student, most of his education came from hanging out in coffee houses. He lived at home when young but always with one foot out the door, figuratively. First, a new name, and he eventually chose Bob Dillon, which then became Bob Dylan. The author, David Dalton, follows the evolution of Robert Allen Zimmerman AKA Bob Dylan from his birth on May 24,1941, to the present day and the reader is pulled along wondering in each chapter "Who is That Man?"For those of you who think they know Bob Dylan, prepare for an enlightenment, for, after reading this well-researched and documented book, I don't think even Dylan knows who he is. I recommend this book for those who came through the Bob Dylan RockMusic years and for those who are just beginning to listen to and learn about him and his talent. The author did an outstanding job in integrating actual events with Dylan's words and those of people who know him most intimately. A great gift book and a great collectable.

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