Who Is That Man?

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-04-24
  • Publisher: Hachette Books

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A Kaleidoscopic Look at the Many Faces of Bob Dylan For almost half a century, Bob Dylan has been a primary catalyst in rock's shifting sensibilities. Few American artists are as important, beloved, and endlessly examined, yet he remains something of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman, yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe playing Greenwich Village haunts? Folk Messiah, Born-Again Bob, Late-Elvis Dylan, Jack Fate, or Living National Treasure? In Who Is That Man?, David Dalton-cultural historian, journalist, screenwriter, and novelist-paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon, ingeniously exposing the three-card monte games he plays with his persona. Guided by Dalton's cutting-edge insights and myth-debunking point of view, Who Is That Man? follows Dylan's imaginative life, integrating actual events with Dylan's words and those of the people who know him most intimately. Drawing upon Dylan's friends and fellow eyewitnesses-including Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Stampfel , Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Eric Andersen, Nat Hentoff, Andrew Oldham, Nat Finkelstein, and others-this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both. Praise for Who Is That Man? "All of David Dalton's books are wonderful, but Who Is That Man? is especially insightful, funny, and beautifully written." -Marianne Faithfull "Dalton's crazy poetic prose first caught my eye in Rolling Stone back in the day. Have loved his writing ever since. Oh yeaah!" -Steven Tyler The first truly hip analysis of the ultimate hipster. -Lenny Kaye Praise for David Dalton "James Joyce meets the Blues, Voodoo, and Jimi Hendrix. Proust couldn't and didn't write like this." -The Herald (Glasgow) "Dalton writes like a mad, inflamed poet. Searing images." -Oliver Stone

Table of Contents

Prologue: Something Was Happening but I Didn't Know What It Was: That Afternoon with Bobp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Creation Mythsp. 7
The Hall of Early Folk Memoriesp. 21
Woody Juniorp. 33
Li'l Abner on Bleecker Streetp. 41
Folk Messiahp. 51
The Zimmerman Letterp. 61
From a Buick 6p. 69
The Hallucinated Alphabetp. 91
Bob Gets Wiredp. 99
How Does It Feel? Self-Portrait at 24 Frames per Secondp. 117
Ballad of a Thin Manp. 127
Godzilla vs. Mothra: Two Icons of the '60s Meet Under False Pretensesp. 141
That Wild Mercury Sound: What Are Shakespeare, Memphis Minnie, Jackie Deshannon, John Lennon, Achilles, Napoleon XIV, Lesley Gore, Johann Sebastian Bach Doing on This Album?p. 151
After the Ambulances Gop. 161
Somebody Got Lucky but It Was an Accidentp. 173
Fifty-Four Minutes Inside Bob's Brainp. 183
Who Is Tiny Montogomery?p. 195
The Cowboy Angel Rides: John Wesley Hardingp. 205
The Invisible Man Goes to Nashvillep. 215
The Amnesiap. 225
How Dylan Became Dylan, Sort Of...p. 239
Under the Rings of Saturnp. 249
The Second Coming of Bobp. 259
Bob's Wild West (Village) Showp. 269
Epiphany in Room 702p. 279
Down the Roadp. 289
When I Paint My Masterpiecep. 311
The Enigma Variationsp. 323
Bibliographyp. 339
Notesp. 345
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Indexp. 373
Photo and Illustration Creditsp. 383
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