Bob Dylan in America author Sean Wilentz
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on this, the 70th birthday of songwriter Bob Dylan- an interview with Sean Wilentz author of BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA. From the book's publisher: "Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discovÂered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylanâs work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentzâs essays as
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âhistorian in residenceâ of Dylanâs official website, Bob Dylan in America is a unique blend of fact, interpretation, and affinityâa book that, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion warrants.
"Beginning with his explosion onto the scene in 1961, this book follows Dylan as he continues to develop a body of musical and literary work unique in our cultural history. Wilentzâs approach places Dylanâs music in the context of its time, including the early influences of Popular Front ideology and Beat aesthetics, and offers a larger critical appreciation of Dylan as both a songÂwriter and performer down to the present. Wilentz has had unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes, rare photographs, and other materials, all of which allow him to tell Dylanâs story and that of such masterpieces as Blonde on Blonde with an unprecedented authenticity and richness."