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The Songs He Didn't Write : Bob Dylan under the Influence
"Derek Barker doesn't just list the songs, he also gives us their history and Dylan's ties to them." --Los Angeles Times
Encyclopedic and exhaustive, this guide to the more than 500 songs Bob Dylan has covered, in concert or on record, details the history of each song and offers an explanation of how he came to perform them. His masterful interpretations range from the more obvious blues, country, folk, and gospel recordings to contemporary writers such as Warren Zevon and John Hiatt. In addition to the listing of these covered songs, this compendium also includes a lengthy section detailing all of the remaining tracks that Dylan has written for others, but which remain unrecorded by the man himself.
Derek Barker is the founder and editor of the international Bob Dylan magazine ISIS. He is the author of ISIS: A Bob Dylan Anthology and Bob Dylan Anthology 2: 20 Years of ISIS.
This meticulously researched book offers documentation of songs Dylan performed but did not write himself. Dylan specialist Barker (Isis: A Bob Dylan Anthology) offers a revelatory introduction about Dylan's search for creative inspiration in the late 1980s while teaming with The Grateful Dead. The expansive list that follows is organized alphabetically by song title, while original author attribution appears in parentheses. Each multiparagraph entry includes Dylan's first known performance of the song, its alternate titles, appearance on albums or bootlegs, and general song history. Whenever possible, concert ephemera or songwriter photos appear beside related entries. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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February 28, 2009
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