The Ballad of Bob Dylan

A Portrait
CD - unabridged
Audio (13 discs)
Product Number: DD0870
Released: Jun 14, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781609983079
Narrator/s: Bronson Pinchot
Publisher: AudioGo
Please log in to view pricing


The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century a man widely regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced. Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein frames Dylan against the backdrop of four seminal concerts all of which he attended: Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1963; Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1974; Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 1997; Aberdeen, Maryland, 2009. Recreating each performance song by song, Epstein places them within the larger context of Dylan's life, from his meteoric rise as a young folk singer through his reemergence in the 1990s and his role as the Eminence grise of rock-and-roll today. He explores the stars private side, including marriage and fatherhood, and his struggle to overcome substance abuse. Epstein also traces the influences that shaped Dylans career and offers a thoughtful analysis of his work and fresh interpretations of his lyrics. Here, too, are anecdotes and insights from those closest to the man, including D. A. Pennebaker, Allen Ginsberg, Nora Guthrie, Ramblin Jack Elliot, and Dylan's sidemen throughout the years.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Daniel Mark Epstein
Narrator(s): Bronson Pinchot
Product Number Z100018134
Released: May 03, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792778318
Author(s): Daniel Mark Epstein
Product Number EB00239955
Released: Mar 20, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062092014

Professional reviews

"Epstein's book is being hailed as the definitive Dylan reader. Where have we heard that before? While it does shed light on a few longstanding enigmas that have haunted the singer-songwriter--the infamous '66 motorcycle accident is finally explained in detail, for example--it sometimes overreaches in its attempts to canonize Dylan. This tendency is also reflected in the narration of Bronson Pinchot. His diction is impeccable, but his delivery is as soporific as it is sonorous--maybe because the subject of Dylan often tends to invite a state of awe. Nevertheless, the book is bursting with fascinating anecdotes surrounding such Dylan high-water marks as "The Basement Tapes" and "Blood on the Tracks." J.S.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"