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~DOWNLOAD KINDLE ☫ Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan ☲ By The Middle Of The S, Bob Dylan S Position As The Pre Eminent Artist Of His Generation Was Assured The Album Blood On The Tracks Seemed To Prove, Finally, That An Uncertain Age Had Found Its Poet Then Dylan Faltered His Instincts, Formerly Unerring, Deserted Him In The S, What Had Once Appeared Unthinkable Came To Pass The Voice Of A Generation Began To Sound Irrelevant, A Tale Told To GrandchildrenYet In The Autumn Of , Something Remarkable Happened Having Failed To Release A Single New Song In Seven Long Years, Dylan Put Out The Equivalent Of Two Albums In A Single Package In The Concluding Volume Of His Ground Breaking Study, Ian Bell Explores The Unparalleled Second Act In A Quintessentially American Career It Is A Tale Of Redemption, Of An Act Of Creative Will Against The Odds, And Of A Writer Who Refused To Fade Away Time Out Of Mind Is The Story Of The Latest, Perhaps The Last, Of The Many Bob Dylans Starting at Blood on the Tracks, Ian Bell was faced with a daunting task How to discuss so many years of career without falling into repeating what he was saying in the first part about Dylan What could really change And the simple answer is not much, and everything Dylan s guitar playing never improved, nor did his voice find a new timbre unless we count the death s door croak His songwriting, so instinctive and possibly chemically aided in the 1960s, went through some stunning reversals of fortune He had moments of being tabloid fodder His pronouncements on politics were almost calculated to create a furore among his followers, dovetailing with Reagan s America and the rise of evangelicals and their influence Just 4 years after Blood on the Tracks, Dylan was transmuting the Simple Twist of Fate into the omnipresent hand of God see the Saved cover and say no.In fact, I consciously faded in on Dylan s journey in 1983, with the release of Infidels, which I heard concurrently with Masterpieces, a 3 album greatest hits set with a couple of odd choices Like a Rolling Stone in the Self Portrait live version, Lay Lady Lay and Idiot Wind from live album Hard Rain The two routes then had to coexist for me as I delved into what he d done in the past, I had to somehow reconcile that figure with the man who went on to release Empire Burlesque, Knocked Out Loaded and Down In The Groove I already instinctively saw and felt the multiplicity of Dylans that there were I loved some and hated others However, underneath it all, there was a quest within him, a perpetual search for a writer s identity and it was palpable He turned back towards history and his own ante Dylanian past in particular on Time Out of Mind He used found words , whether from books he was reading or lines he remembered, as the basis for stories.In some ways, one of the key tracks in this particular strand is Black Diamond Bay, on Desire, a number he has possibly never played live it is suggested he played it once in Denver, but this has yet to be satisfactorily corroborated It s a bit of a shaggy dog story, but it s a story A sung story On the same album, Hurricane is also a story, a story lent importance by its topicality and its musical attack In the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century, he would find literary sources for the songs and put them to old time music styles Back there in 1975, he was still in the game, putting on a communal live show the often thrilling Rolling Thunder Revue , making an arty film Renaldo and Clara and even experimenting with confessional singer songwriting see Blood on the Tracks and, in particular, Sara But he was empty, so the story goes, and he was visited in a motel room by the Lord Which led to preachy Dylan on Slow Train Coming and Saved Musically there are plenty of things to like on both these albums Lyrically the first is tedious you re all doomed unless you repent and see the light and the second is shallow don t know about you but I was saved In any case, this was not what Dylan s secular followers wanted at all Shot of Love was of the same, but with half a head out of the window, while Infidels was trumpeted as the return to secular life It is not But it was a decent album, which, if it had included Blind Willie McTell and Foot of Pride, would have been hailed as a comeback classic and possibly changed the way the next few years played out.But then that has become the head scratching obsession of Dylan observers why does he leave certain songs off his albums and leave other, obviously weaker ones on And one of the answers is that he is saving these famous outtakes for his parallel career with the Bootleg Series And while that would an absurd way to do things, the truth is that the Bootleg Series is something unheard of in music on the one hand the artist remains active, and on the other, his past is anthologised and reassembled and reconceived In some ways he gets to have his cake and eat it too He says he only looks forward, but then he sanctions a reimagining of Self Portrait which is essentially a blanket case for the artist , putting all of the recorded work from the period into a box set and bypassing the responsibility for the choices made in 1970 And he gets away with it.Then there are all the live shows Dylan plays around 100 shows a year He has trashed his voice with them Some of the shows are great, others are shambolic He doesn t need to do this, but he does it anyway Or maybe he really does need to do them, the same way that Bruce Springsteen only really feels safe from his depressive attacks when he is on a stage somewhere.Ian Bell, who sadly died at 59 not long after this second volume was published, is an erudite observer He is a passionate believer in Dylan s gift, a tireless observer of the man s untruths and fictions, a campaigner for Dylan s case for the Nobel Prize which Bell did not live to see , a fairly astute critic of the albums and a rather gobsmacked disentangler of all the contradictions has managed to wind around himself and us over all these years And that s effectively it we re witnessing a time elastic, postmodern, semi fictional, glorious shambolic, lyric poetic, bower bird like, primal but sophisticated, overindulged and ultimately compelling career And this book captures all of that better than pretty well any other of the many many many Dylan biographies around. This second volume of Ian Bell s treatment biography is the wrong word of Dylan is as good as the first As in Once Upon a Time, Bell s writing is muscular and energetic every sentence is written by someone who has spent his life reading about and listening to Dylan but who never sounds like a fanboy or longing to be hip academic Also as in the first volume, Bell sometimes editorializes too long about American politics or the electorate, but the writing is good enough that the reader can bear it for a few pages at a time He is as wrong about Reagan as he is about the Grateful Dead But if Bell is sometimes off base with politics, he is dead on with poetics Beginning with 1975 s Blood on the Tracks and ending with 2013 s Tempest, Bell examines the career of Dylan or Dylan as American troubadour, artist, and icon His life, Bell states, had become a mixture of high art and low commerce, of thoughtful statements one the state of man and the modern world interspersed with textbook examples of the kind of behavior that gives stardom its disreputable name Bell spends a hundred pages or so on the inaccurately named Gospel trilogy and Dylan s conversion which Bell argues was never really so much a conversion as another of Dylan s identities that he had since Greenwich Village and which runs throughout his work To his credit, Bell lets Dylan do the talking here and never tries to explain away or undermine his subject s faith in Revelations or doubt his sincerity, even when his music suffered Bell takes Slow Train Comingas seriously as Dylan might wish, and his seriousness is illuminating for the reader, who wonders what Dylan was thinking in the literal, as opposed to the ironic, sense That Slow Train Coming sold copies than Blood on the Tracks is another revelation.The book is also a terrific study of the relationship between art and money In Moby Dick, Ishmael states the obvious regarding the difference between paying and being paid What will compare with it The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvelous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a moneyed man enter heaven One of Bell s themes is the shocking notion that Dylan likes being paid as much as anyone else His Victoria s Secret commercial, the Rolling Thunder Review, the Never Ending Tour, the Bootleg Series even the selling of limited edition harmonicas are all examined in light of Dylan s urge to capitalism Bell s book ends before the Superbowl Chrysler ad, but the effect is the same thing anyone who groused that Dylan was somehow betraying his art in making a car ad seeks to speak from a position of innocence and cast the first stone One interesting minor note neither of the two volumes feature a single photograph, pointed out here to reflect the strength of Bell s writing Who needs pictures Bell often treats Dylan s incomprehensible choices of producers, material, touring bands, and, most of all, songs left off of albums He as in the first volume offers long examinations of songs that strike him as worthy of comment but not always positive Thus, the reader gets long analyses of Blind Willie McTell and Jokerman as emblematic Dylan achievements, and one just as long on Isis, in which Bell states that the listener has to muster a certain tolerance for a laboring melody and lyrics filled with New Age bric a brac Bell examines the plagiarism issue which, for him, is ridiculous , the reception of Chronicles Volume One, and Dylan s voice, which he calls a magnificent ruin Nothing is left unsaid or unexamined Bell treats each album, each phase, and each incarnation of Dylan with similarly impeccable judgment For the Dylan fan, this is required reading. Creo que el que est Out of his Mind es el autor Ian Bell, pues se toma m s de 500 p ginas para decir que Bob Dylan es un plagiario de los poemas de Henry Timrod, Herman Melville, Whitman y Longfellow entre muchos, y que no merece los premios que ha recibido, a la fecha en que escribe, 2013 tampoco merece ser el posible recipendario del Premio Nobel.Con exceso de detalles disecciona los albumes que grab en 1975 en adelante, as como su Never Ending Tour que empez en 1974, y, que a la fecha no ha terminado Destroza canciones de estos discos que por lo menos yo jam s he oido y, por lo tanto, fueron conocidas localmente menciona, tambi n, sus fracasos en Irlanda por presentarse borracho o abandonar el concierto a la mitad, dejando a sus m sicos sin direcci n alguna Critica el xito de su exposici n pict rica Drawn Blank que se vino abajo cuando se descubri que los dibujos los copi de fotos tomadas por Henri Cartier Bresson y Dimitri Kassel Es una biograf a muy larga, detallada y aburrida Qu bueno que le dieron el Nobel a pesar de los pesares Wasn t going to bother with this after reading volume 1 But I m glad I did Second time around there s much less theorising and philosophising and a much stronger narrative There s still the occasional self conscious hipness that jars like referring to Joseph Conrad as Joe Conrad But on the whole this is an excellent account of the great man s second act Full of information I ve not read elsewhere and written in a economical style, it proves the adage or cliche, as Bell himself calls it that less is definitely. The second and concluding part of Ian Bell s biography maintains the quality of the first.These are essential books for any serious Dylan follower to read Bell grapples with the many contradictions surrounding Dylan in robust fashion without suggesting that his artistic achievements are other than immense.Sadly, Bell died not too long after this book was published I d have been seriously interested in his thoughts on the recent Bootleg Series releases not least given his comments about the periods in both books as well as Dylan s most recent trilogy.dang, there s another one. Good overview of Dylan s career from mud 70 s to near present 2013 Could be of particular relevance now with the Blood on the Tracks bootleg recordings just being released. This volume, along with its companion edition Once Upon A Time, is one of the best Dylan biographies to emerge in recent years The books Once Upon A Time covers Dylan s early life and career up to the release of Blood On The Tracks, Time Out Of Mind continues through the release of 2012 s Tempest combine biography and critical analysis in equal parts, and provide social and historical context not unlike the recent Beatles biography Can t Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould 2008, Three Rivers Press Bell does an excellent job on all three of these aspects adding color and insight into the subject s life and work, in addition to bringing fresh interpretations into well known events of Dylan s life He clearly has great respect for Dylan as an artist and songwriter, but does not shy away from pointing out weak offerings in his oeuvre as well as his personal character flaws He also brings new and positive commentary and points of view on frequently disparaged works such as Tarantula, Self Portrait and the film Renaldo and Clara that put those efforts in a new light The books were published prior to the recent release of Another Self Portrait in the Official Bootleg Series a release which has given rise to a re evaluation of the original Self Portrait.The two volumes are indispensable contributions to the critical and biographical library on Bob Dylan, and should find an audience even among the less obsessed Dylan fan who is interested in enhancing his appreciation of the artist s work.The books have only recently become published in the U.S having previously been available in the UK. I now know about Bob Dylan than I ever thought I would Where do I even begin when talking about this, part two of a biography, 535 pages of Dylan, starting in 1975 I ended my last review of part one, Once Upon A Time The Lives Of Bob Dylan , with the realization that Bob Dylan is indeed a life as performance artist And here I am to say, it s the most realistic realization about Dylan It helps me grasp what he s doing in his music, even when it s the records of his I don t want to listen to It helps rationalize his stupid, weird, behavior It helps me understand the game he s playing I wrote in this book and dog eared pages I had no idea Visions of Joanna was about Dylan s heroin addiction I didn t realize how awful he was to women, specifically to his first wife, Sara The breaking point in their marriage was when Dylan s mistresses would show up at the breakfast table without him, while his kids and Sara were there I find that disturbing on so many levels He slept around, cheated, and was never there for his kids, simply because the road called calls to him At first, The Never Ending Tour was explained because he owed Sara alimony but really I think it s because he doesn t know how to exist in any other way He doesn t need the money there s Victoria Secret commercials for that, his no longer Bob Dylan s Theme Time Radio Hour, his art, and the etched signed harmonicas for sale online he s a performer and nothing else Also, another astounding fact about his divorce from Sara in addition to custody of their five children, houses, and money, she won half the royalties to the song written during their marriage 1965 1977 Part two helped me discover Blood On The Tracks and Desire Throughout the book the trilogy theory of Dylan s albums is discussed that they always appear in threes Dylan is famous for the three that came out in succession Bringin It All Back Home 65 , Highway 61 Revisited 65 and Blonde On Blonde 66 For the most part, these are the only Dylan records you need Blood On The Tracks 75 and a few latter ones are inspiring and just as encouraging to listeners, reminding us that yes Dylan is a wonderful songwriter and knows how to mold melodies He gets it But I believe that because of that trilogy from the 60s, he was able to do anything he wanted There is a cult following that allowed him to paint his face, wear masks, and spend millions on The Rolling Thunder Revue, 75 76, my GOD the face painting someone yesterday told me they think it s Dylan s answer to glam, a genius theory that gave Dylan four records with Columbia after his born again trilogy that Dylan got a book deal for volumes of Chronicles on his 65th birthday Those three records from 1965 and 1966 are proof that if you have one really good idea, if you re given enough money and freedom, you might just have another The middle of this book dragged for me The aftermath of the Presidential election got to me and I found it harder to read anything but the news for a week or two That s on me But there s the middle phase of Dylan s work where the music loses interest, even it itself Once I found my footing in the pages again, the 1980s and 1990s had flown by A majority of the prose was spent discussing Dylan s relationship to politics, Reagan, Clinton, and Dylan s inability to address the fact that even though for decades he says he s not a protest song writer, that he actually is one I think he just doesn t like labels Again, as in part one, a lot of time is spent on the continuing Bootleg series and the Basement Tapes Dylan knows what he s doing, Bell writers, allowing a constant flow of music to be released for purchase Bell spends a hundred or so pages discussing Dylan s plagiarism of Ovid, Shakespeare, and multiple photographer and sketch artists even Dylan s physical art was based on someone else s ideas Bell writes back to back stanzas of poetry that Dylan took lines and overarching themes from He follows them up with interview clips of Dylan saying that that s just what folk music is We re all taking from one another It s maddening But that s what Dylan does Ian Bell passed away before he got to see Dylan win the Nobel This is a major bummer considering how much time Bell devotes, in both books, to the complicated history of Dylan and the Nobel Dylan was nominated every year since 1997 and Bell dives right into all the hullabaloo about how Dylan doesn t deserve it he s only a songwriter, not a poet or novelist, and his lines look like shit on the page Playwrights were awarded the Nobel, so why is it different for Dylan who s art also needs to be performed to be understood, Bell asks I wish Bell was around to write an updated afterword, but maybe Bell s great life work needed to be incomplete, the same way nothing is ever finished If anyone were to understand Wabi Sabi, it would be Dylan The day after I finished this book it was announced that Bob Dylan s Nobel speech wouldn t be delivered by him Instead, Patti Smith would show up in his honor and sing A Hard Rain s A Gonna Fall Some people have told me they think it s Dylan spitting in the face of the Nobel committee, that it s a waste of time But I think it s an idiot savant move It s a great song choice, it s a great performer choice, it s a woman in his place Patti Smith is one lucky girl from NJ , and he is technically allowed to do whatever he wants I think it s genius and I honestly wouldn t expect anything else from him I was looking forward to hearing what he d have to say during his Nobel speech, that is if we could understand him, but this is another kind of mystery legacy tale that Dylan is telling Bob Dylan is such a fake, always asking in interviews Who Am I Am I You When he took off his mask during The Rolling Thunder Revue to reveal Bob Dylan, a white painted face and all, he s telling us something there maskface paintc mon people He plays with time, it helps that he has had so much of it, but he is truly committed to the being Bob Dylan It s a persona he is often not sure of and it is a fascinating piece of art I never thought I d read than a thousand pages on one person, but here we are I joked that it would ve been better if he was dead in the end, but it only lead me to something else perhaps when he dies, the answer to a question no one knew to ask will come out Perhaps there s something behind him that he s hiding Maybe there s something there no one knows to look for because we can t see its borders I will be very sad when he passes away Until then, his antics and songs entertain me and make me always question what art can be I truly think he understands it better than anyone else Just take a look at his weird, genius, idiot life Bob Dylan I love you, I hate you Thank you for making art. I didn t read Bell s first book on Dylan, though I may I started this sone, not really expecting to finish it, as I ve read most every book on Dylan It was a mixed bag where Bell really got serious about discussing the albums and songs, it was for the most part fascinating His discussion of the songs on Desire, especially Hurricane, was great, as was the discussion of the Christian songs, especially their disastrous theology But between those discussions were a lot of not biography, but discussion of the times Maybe this historical stuff would be interesting to younger readers who don t remember it, but I got impatient with it a lot I also very much enjoyed the discussion of the late period renaissance albums, Time out of Mind, Love and Theft, and Modern Times I will use his discussion of Tempest as a template for a revisit of that album, as I don t like it much I like Modern Times, but not a lot, and Blair gave me respect for it He did a great job of defending Chronicles and the late period lyrics against the plagiarism charges, and considered things seriously than a lot of writers do I did get tired of his frequent references to the inner circle or whatever he called it, of Dylan fans yes there s a bubble and it feeds off itself, and is frequently too apologetic, but it felt to me like he didn t take it seriously enough Still, maybe with the first book, this one would be a good first book on Dylan for the newbie.