Sunday, December 6, 2020

Yet another Bob Dylan Book

I guess when I don't listen to Bob Dylan, I read about him.  I really should compile a list of all the books that I have at home about him.  I subscribe to a Dylan fanzine from the UK called Isis that was discussed in this Journal.  Derek Barker, the publisher of this periodical has compiled an encyclopedia of songs that Dylan didn't write, but did perform in concert or on a legal or bootleg recording.  The entries detail the history of 550 songs and offer an explanation of how he came to perform them.

Volume 1 as seen above was published in 2008.  Derek has just issued a supplement adding songs performed from 2008 to the present.  Reading these 2 volumes should keep me busy for a while.  I can read it a little at a time while I pay attention to other books and magazines that I have on my shelf.

Legitimate albums that have these songs include:
  • Self Portrait
  • Good as I've Been to You
  • World Gone Wrong
  • Bob Dylan (his first album released in 1962)
Many bootleg collections that include conert performances are listed.


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