Bob Dylan is a singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years.
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The Conscience of the Folk Revival is a collection of Israel G. Izzy Young's writings from his time as proprietor of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, the literal center of the New York folk music scene. It includes his personal recollections of seminal figures like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and offers detailed day-by-day accounts of the American countercultural scene in New York City. This key collection of primary sources will interest folk music fans, as well as students and scholars of American social and cultural history.
A portrait of America's Depression years and the life of an iconic folk singer and activist. Born in Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie traveled the country by boxcar, thumb, and foot, composing and singing words and music that have become a national heritage. His autobiography vividly brings to life both his vibrant personality and a vision of America we cannot afford to let die.
I went through it from cover to cover like a hurricane, totally focused on every word, and the book sang out to me like the radio. Guthrie writes like the whirlwind and you get tripped out on the sound of the words along. Pick up the book anywhere,turn to any page and he hits the ground running. “Bound for Glory” is a hell of a book. It’s huge. Almost too big. – source
This ancient book tells the story of Athens and Sparta's epic battle, as recounted by Athenian general Thucydides. His meticulous attention to detail and disdain for embellishment lend the narrative a unique historical accuracy, making this a must-read for history buffs.
A narrative which would give you the chills. It was written four hundred years before Christ and it talks about how human nature is always the enemy of anything superior. Thucydides writes about how words in his time have changed from their ordinary meaning, how actions and opinions can be altered in the blink of an eye. It’s like nothing has changed from his time to mine. – source
Discover a treasure-house of over seven centuries of English poetry in this anthology chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks. With new poems and poets added, this selection covers a wide range of poetic styles and includes works by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and many others. From the medieval song to modern haikus, this anthology is sure to move and delight all poetry lovers.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery with a group of friends as they explore the open highways of America in this timeless Beat classic by Jack Kerouac. Soon to be a major motion picture with a star-studded cast, this revolutionary masterpiece captures the essence of the Beat Generation and will leave a lasting impact on readers.
I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s. – source
The book delves into the early years of the legendary musician, Elvis Presley, going beyond his mythic status to present a complex, human portrait of the man himself. The biography covers his formative years - his childhood, the famous Sun Records recordings, the early RCA hits - and traces Elvis' personal relationships and his deep passion for music. Drawing on personal accounts of those closest to him, Last Train to Memphis provides an in-depth and emotional look into the life of Elvis Presley and his remarkable achievements. Written gracefully with humor and affection, it is hailed as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley, setting aside the many myths to focus solely on the human side of this rock and roll icon.