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Dylan's songs sound as if they have been part of the folk music tradition for centuries The Ballad of Bob Dylan examines the influences behind his songs. Through a combination of first hand accounts, reportage and a wealth of interviews with those who have known Dylan for decades The Ballad of Bob Dylan is the fullest picture yet of Dylan's work in the studio. The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid portrait, nuanced and insightful, of the greatest songwriter of the twentieth-century.
The aura that is the real masterpiece of a star dominates this raptly observant, occasionally besotted biography of folk-rock's troubador-prophet. Historian and poet Epstein (The Lincolns) structures his loose-jointed chronicle around exegeses of iconic Dylan concerts he attended, analyzing the songs and the shifting persona of the singer: in 1963, the visionary 22-year-old folkie; in 1974, the bristling 30-something rocker; in 2009, the hoarse old man growling at Fate. It's a canny approach, given that Dylan's mythmaking the middle-class son of a Minnesota appliance-store owner, he romantically styled himself a wandering orphan outran the prosaic reality. (Epstein sometimes bemoans the paucity of scandal in his subject's life and reveals that Dylan's storied motorcycle accident occurred when the vehicle simply tipped over as he was walking it down the road.) Unfortunately, Epstein's sharp-eyed evocations of Dylan's onstage presences often bog down in the longueurs of decades of perfunctory touring. Worse, his conviction that Dylan is a great poet whose lyrics "can stand alone on the printed page" is not entirely confirmed by the many stanzas he reprints and dutifully interprets. Epstein's wallow in the master's words and moods will entrance hardcore Dylanophiles, but casual readers may strain to hear the music. Photos.