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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
The Writings of Israel "Izzy" Young (American Folk Music and Musicians Series)
Scott Barretta - Dec 18, 2012
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Israel G. Izzy Young was the proprietor of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The literal center of the New York folk music scene, the Center not only sold records, books and guitar strings but served as a concert hall, meeting spot, and information kiosk for all folk scene events. Among Young s first c...
Bound for Glory
The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling, Autobiography of America's Great Poet-Folk Singer (Plume)
Woody Guthrie - Sep 15, 1983 (first published in 1943)
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First published in 1943, this autobiography is also a superb portrait of America's Depression years, by the folk singer, activist, and man who saw it all.Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma and traveled this whole country overnot by jet or motorcycle, but by boxcar, thumb, and foot. During the journey of discovery that was his life, he composed and ...
Bob Dylan
Jun 28, 2006
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
Thucydides
The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
Thucydides - Mar 28, 2013 (first published in 411)
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Thucydides' classic work is a foundational text in the history of Western political thought. His narrative of the great war between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BC is now seen as a highly sophisticated study of the nature of political power itself: its exercise and effects, its agents and victims, and the arguments through which it is def...
Bob Dylan
Oct 05, 2004
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
The Oxford Book of English Verse
Christopher Ricks - Dec 16, 1999
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Here is a treasure-house of over seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks, whom Auden described as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding." The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and selected anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself as the foremos...
On the Road
Jack Kerouac - Nov 20, 2012 (first published in 1957)
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Jack Kerouac's groundbreaking novel—soon to be a major motion picture with a star-studded castIn what is sure to be one of the major cinematic events of 2012, Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat classic, On the Road, will finally hit the big screen. Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries; Paris, Je T'Aime) and with a cast of some of Hollywood'...
Bob Dylan
Sep 20, 1991
I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s.     source
Last Train to Memphis
The Rise of Elvis Presley
Peter Guralnick - Sep 01, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture.Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, i...