Author: Alberto Crespi
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
La canzone più celebre di Bob Dylan fu pubblicata nel 1963 sul suo secondo album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan". Nel giro di poche settimane divenne popolarissima, grazie anche alle fortunatissime cover di Joan Baez e dal trio folk Peter, Paul & Mary. Si affermò come la canzone simbolo del movimento per i diritti civili, dopo che Dylan la eseguì davanti a Martin Luther King durante un'epocale manifestazione di protesta a Washington. Poi scomparve o quasi dal repertorio live di Dylan negli anni della sua clamorosa svolta elettrica, che suscitò entusiasmi e polemiche oggi difficilmente immaginabili. Riapparve alla ribalta sul palco del concerto per il Bangladesh, nel 1971, dove Dylan tornò a suonare dal vivo dopo il misterioso incidente di moto del 1966 ed eseguì di nuovo il suo "inno", su richiesta di George Harrison. Da allora, Dylan l'ha eseguita centinaia di volte, cambiandone spesso l'arrangiamento; e le versioni di altri artisti si sono moltiplicate, da Stevie Wonder a Neil Young, da Marlene Dietrich a Duke Ellington, facendone una delle canzoni più "reinterpretate" nella storia della musica pop. Al tempo stesso, la fama di "Blowin' In The Wind" si è intrecciata ripetutamente alla storia del XX e del XXI secolo. Basti pensare che ha provocato una disputa politico-teologica fra due Papi e ha incrociato le vittorie di Barack Obama nelle elezioni presidenziali Usa.
Luigi Manconi, grande sociologo e uomo politico, in questo libro racconta mezzo secolo di musica leggera italiana, a partire dai primi anni sessanta. Sempre facendo altro, ha partecipato a concerti e incisioni, ascoltato in anteprima successi e insuccessi, stretto amicizie con tanti musicisti (da Gino Paoli a Fabrizio De Andrè a Francesco de Gregori, da Eugenio Finardi a Fiorella Mannoia e alla PFM, fino a Elio e le Storie Tese). Decine e decine di personaggi, di suoni e di vicende che parlano di come, in mezzo secolo, i mutamenti conosciuti dalla musica leggera abbiano accompagnato le grandi trasformazioni del nostro paese.
Bob Dylan All the Songs
Author: Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Get the story behind every recording session, album, and single released during Bob Dylan's illustrious-and now Nobel Prize-winning-career. Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the New York Times bestselling, definitive book that captures Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. It is the only book to tell the stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, behind all the 492 songs he released. Organized chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the details that led to the composition of Dylan's recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists who worked with Dylan. Lyrics and accounts of the recording sessions are accompanied by classic photos, both in and out of the studio, to create a true Dylan treasury. Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the comprehensive record of the music career which defined an era, delighted fans for more than 50 years and has now won the world's most prestigious prize. Please note that the ebook does not contain images.
The Ballad of Bob Dylan
Author: Daniel Mark Epstein
Publisher: Harper Collins
Drawing on revelatory interviews, a rich analysis oflyrics, and a lifelong study of one of the greatest songwriters of our time,Daniel Mark Epstein delivers a singular, nuanced, and insightful examination ofBob Dylan—the poet, the musician, and the man. Interweaving in-depthconversations with Dylan collaborators and contemporaries, including Eric Andersen,Tom Paxton, Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora Guthrie, Ramblin’Jack Elliott, Pete Seeger, Maria Muldaur, John P.Hammond, and many others, Epstein crafts a vivid and unforgettable portrait ofthe inimitable poet and performer. Readers of Christopher Ricks’ Dylan’s Visions of Sin, the Dylanautobiography, Chronicles, or Sean Wilentz’s Dylan inAmerica, as well as fans enthralled by expository musician stories, such asKeith Richards’ Life and PattiSmith’s Just Kids, will be captivatedby Epstein’s unprecedented and incisive look at Bob Dylan, music’s mostineffable creator.
The long-awaited sequel to Songwriters on Songwriting, often called "the songwriter's bible," More Songwriters on Songwriting goes to the heart of the creative process with in-depth interviews with many of the world's greatest songwriters. Covering every genre of popular music from folk, rock 'n' roll, Broadway, jazz, pop, and modern rock, this is a remarkable journey through some sixty years of popular songwriting: from Leiber & Stoller's genius rock 'n' roll collaborations and Richard Sherman's Disney songs to Kenny Gamble's Philly Sound; Norman Whitfield's Motown classics; Loretta Lynn's country standards; expansive folk music from Peter, Paul, and Mary; folk-rock from Stephen Stills; confessional gems from James Taylor; poetic excursions form Patti Smith; Beatles magic from Ringo Starr; expansive brilliance from Paul Simon; complex melodic greatness from Brian Wilson; the most untrustworthy narrator alive in Randy Newman; the dark rock theater of both Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie; the sophisticated breadth of Elvis Costello; the legendary jazz of Herbie Hancock; the soulful swagger of of Chrissie Hynde; the funny-poignant beauty of John Prine; the ancient wisdom fused with hip-hop and reggae of Matisyahu; and much more. In all of it is the collective wisdom of those who have written songs for decades, songs that have impacted our culture forever.
The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota—his very first appearance at his alma mater—on election night 2008. In between are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus's liner notes for the 1967 Basement Tapes (pop music's most famous bootlegged archives) to his exploration of Dylan's reimagining of the American experience in the 1997 Time Out of Mind. And rejection; Marcus's Rolling Stone piece on Dylan's album Self Portrait—often called the most famous record review ever written—began with “What is this shit?” and led to his departure from the magazine for five years. Marcus follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture. Together the dozens of pieces collected here comprise a portrait of how, throughout his career, Bob Dylan has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of traditional American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains. They are the result of a more than forty-year engagement between an unparalleled singer and a uniquely acute listener.
In the vein of John Cheever and J. D. Salinger, this powerful collection of short stories chronicles the loss of innocence, the harsh cruelty of social distinctions, and the anguish of young love First Love and Other Sorrows is the hauntingly beautiful debut collection of short stories from American master Harold Brodkey. Written when the author was in his twenties, these strong, affecting tales recall the intoxicating joy of young, springtime love, while lamenting the betrayal of dreams and false ideals in the glaring light of reality. Set in the Midwest during the 1950s, First Love and Other Sorrows centers around a Jewish family that has recently lost its patriarch—and with him the world of privilege. Through the eyes of a son, a sister, and a mother—each one struggling to find a foothold in both family and society—these stories explore class prejudice, obsessive love, and the tragic foibles and emotional truths of being human. First Love and Other Sorrows is masterful fiction from an extraordinary literary artist.
Bob Dylan Revisited
Author: Bob Dylan
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
"Rendered in striking, explosive graphic form, many of Bob Dylan's most famous songs illustrated as they've never been before. Mesmerized by the power of his lyrics and intrigued by the possibilities of translating his powerful, enigmatic personality into
Music and Protest in 1968
Author: Beate Kutschke, Barley Norton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Music was integral to the profound cultural, social and political changes that swept the globe in 1968. This collection of essays offers new perspectives on the role that music played in the events of that year, which included protests against the ongoing Vietnam War, the May riots in France and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. From underground folk music in Japan to antiauthoritarian music in Scandinavia and Germany, Music and Protest in 1968 explores music's key role as a means of socio-political dissent not just in the US and the UK but in Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Contributors extend the understanding of musical protest far beyond a narrow view of the 'protest song' to explore how politics and social protest played out in many genres, including experimental and avant-garde music, free jazz, rock, popular song, and film and theatre music.
Author: Bob Dylan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Winner of the NOBEL PRIZE in Literature 2016 This is the first spellbinding volume of the three-volume memoir of one of the greatest musical legends of all time. In CHRONICLES Volume I, Bob Dylan takes us back to the early 1960s when he arrived in New York to launch his phenomenal career. This is Dylan's story in his own words - a personal view of his motivations, frustrations and remarkable creativity. Publication of CHRONICLES Volume I is a publishing and cultural event of the highest magnitude.
Read the Beatles
Author: June Skinner Sawyers
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
Naturalmente, esistono molti libri sui Beatles, ma questo è l'unico che include un'ampia collezione di scritti giornalistici sul leggendario gruppo di Liverpool. Con oltre cinquanta articoli, saggi, interviste, recensioni, poesie ed estratti di libri - alcuni dei quali rari e difficili da reperire - Read the Beatles si presenta come un'inedita compilation che segue l'intero arco dell'iconica e idiosincratica carriera dei Fab Four, dai tempi degli esordi ai trionfi della maturità, fino alle intricate vicende seguite allo scioglimento. Oggi siamo certi di conoscere tutto dei Beatles, grazie alla fitta serie di analisi postume succedutesi negli anni, ma cosa sappiamo del modo in cui i dischi, i vestiti, le acconciature e le dichiarazioni vennero accolte dai loro contemporanei, siano essi critici musicali, scrittori, colleghi o intellettuali? E Read the Beatles non si limita a soddisfare una semplice curiosità: scava a fondo, mettendo in connessione i diversi aspetti dello storico passaggio del gruppo nei Sessanta e riconsiderando la loro imponente eredità alla luce delle molte tracce riemerse nei decenni successivi. In definitiva, un volume imprescindibile per i fan dei Beatles e più in generale per ogni vero appassionato di musica e cultura pop.
Bringing It All Back Home Daniel Kramer's classic Bob Dylan portfolio captures the artist's transformative "big bang" year of 1964-65. Over the course of a year and a day, Kramer's extraordinary access to Bob Dylan on tour, in concert, and backstage, allowed for one of the most mesmerizing photographic portfolios of any recording artist and a stunning document of Dylan breaking through to superstardom. Highlights include the Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall concert with Joan Baez; the Bringing It All Back Home recording sessions; and the now-famous concert at Forest Hills, when Dylan's controversial transition to electric guitar exemplified his constant, cryptic state of becoming. As much a document of a seminal period of rock 'n' roll history as of Dylan himself, the pictures also feature such compelling friends and collaborators as Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Allen Ginsberg, and Albert Grossman. Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day presents a curated selection of nearly 200 images, including outtakes from the Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited album cover shoots. Previously published by TASCHEN as a signed Collector's Edition, this standard edition is the more affordable boon to any serious photography or Dylan fan. With stories throughout the book by Kramer, this is at once an intimate and evocative testament to a seminal photographer, to a particular point in time, and to an exceptional, mysterious artist at the moment his career went global. First published as a TASCHEN Collector's Edition, now available as an affordable, compact edition
A central figure for anti-authoritarian Marxists and radicals who see the working class as an autonomous force, capable of acting independently and not simply reacting to the depredations of capitalism, Harry Cleaver brings this vision up to date, interpreting capitalism’s latest crises and demonstrating how ordinary people can, and do, rupture the smooth functioning of the system that exploits them.
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is the ultimate critical guide to history's greatest music. You'll find a mouthwatering choice of listening here: from Miles Davis's jazz landmark Kind of Blue (1959) to David Bowie's tragic final release Blackstar (2016), alongside groundbreaking releases by contemporary artists. Explore musical history from the symphonic pop of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds to the gargantuan grunge of Nirvana's Nevermind. As well as the acknowledged milestones without which no collection is complete, you'll discover many unexpected treats, such as Einsturzende Neubauten's power tool-enhanced soundscapes and Aphex Twin's sonic troublemaking. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die pays homage to the forces that have shaped rock and pop - but also dips into dance, jazz, funk, punk, disco, soul, hip-hop, world music and the avant-garde. Fascinating insights and trivia accompany detailed reviews of each album. What did Time magazine consider the twentieth century's greatest album? Which anthem by Prince was an attempt to emulate Bob Seger? And what links Count Basie and Batman? With inside knowledge and incisive criticism from 90 internationally acclaimed music journalists, this updated edition provides an indispensable companion to the music itself. Illustrated with more than 900 iconic images of album covers, bands and artists, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a must-have for the musically inspired.