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The first seven chapters of this edition are the original edition first published 1972 I read the 1981 edition with photos, which I enjoyed back in 1981 There are thirteen additional chapters in Song and Dance Man III, four times the size of the original.I m putting aside this expanded edition to resume sometime later I have a few books I want to concentrate on at the moment It s not the right time or headspace at present for me Michael Gray is obviously knowledgeable I think this book m The first seven chapters of this edition are the original edition first published 1972 I read the 1981 edition with photos, which I enjoyed back in 1981 There are thirteen additional chapters in Song and Dance Man III, four times the size of the original.I m putting aside this expanded edition to resume sometime later I have a few books I want to concentrate on at the moment It s not the right time or headspace at present for me Michael Gray is obviously knowledgeable I think this book must have been written aimed at a younger generation just discovering Bob Dylan Song and Dance Man III starts out with the early career, as much focused on The Great Society that demeaned and dismissed Bob Dylan, as well as the fans who felt betrayed when he went electric with a band, as it is on Bob Dylan and his work The writing is a tad too reverential I wasn t that impressed with M Gray s brief synopsis album by album guide list or his choice of best songs from each album.Song and Dance Man III hate that title , is a humongous work, which deserves one s undivided attention, although it is a great reference work to pick up and look at a certain period of Dylan s long career If you even think about reading this book, you ve gone off the deep end More power to you The deepest, richest trove of Dylanology to grace this earth, singlehandedly justifying the nobel prize years before he won it, veined with intertextual references and respect for the tradition A knockout. This book offers a careful analysis of Bob Dylan s work and influences, both literary and musical It s Bob Dylan for lit majors, basically, so naturally I found much to appreciate On the downside, I would have appreciated it if the author didn t use the footnotes for his political rants, and I think his anti Evangelical prejudice makes it difficult for him to fairly or deeply analyze the songs from Slow Train, Saved, and Shot of Love He dismisses Are You Ready because it isshallow th This book offers a careful analysis of Bob Dylan s work and influences, both literary and musical It s Bob Dylan for lit majors, basically, so naturally I found much to appreciate On the downside, I would have appreciated it if the author didn t use the footnotes for his political rants, and I think his anti Evangelical prejudice makes it difficult for him to fairly or deeply analyze the songs from Slow Train, Saved, and Shot of Love He dismisses Are You Ready because it isshallow than A Hard Rain s A Gonna Fall Well, yes, but is itshallow than Rainy Day Women And is not Every Grain of Sand one of Dylan s richest, most complex songs To dismiss the born again songs, as a group, as inferior saysabout the author s feelings than it does about Dylan s genius The creativity and genius of Nasvhille Skyline far outstrips that of Slow Train Really I don t disagree that there s often a certain narrowmindness in the born again attitude, especially immediately after a conversion, but that doesn t negate the fact that Dylan has taken a particular genre to its richest height It s rather like refusing to acknowledge that Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is a masterpiece because it isn t the I Have a Dream sermon This is the first book I came across that treated Dylan s songs the way a literary scholar would For someone like me whose life has been changed in many ways by Bob s work, Michael Gray s book was a ceaseless source of interest I came away from it with a new realization that Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing had a scholar s brain, that during his teen years he rapidly stored up so much arcane knowledge about American folk and blues music that he was able to harness that knowledge to his own creativi This is the first book I came across that treated Dylan s songs the way a literary scholar would For someone like me whose life has been changed in many ways by Bob s work, Michael Gray s book was a ceaseless source of interest I came away from it with a new realization that Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing had a scholar s brain, that during his teen years he rapidly stored up so much arcane knowledge about American folk and blues music that he was able to harness that knowledge to his own creativity and when he unleashed his own songwriting, he wrote withdepth and breadth than those who have not mastered the tradition in which they create He also knew his Bible, and that informed his writing all along Gray does an amazing job of matching Bob, snippet for snippet, on source material so that we can see the astoundingly complex root system out of which Bob s plants sprang This is a treasure trove of insight, a delight for the Dylan aficionado It s about time I read it again Song and Dance Man III is an uneven collection of criticism of Bob Dylan s art The major issue is the way that it was constructed First published in the early 70 s the first version of this book seemed to be a modest but serious scholarly work Then Michael Gray did some major revisions and added a bit of material to take into account Dylan s work of the 70 s for the second version of this work This seems to have been all well and good Where it goes afoul is in the third iteration Instead o Song and Dance Man III is an uneven collection of criticism of Bob Dylan s art The major issue is the way that it was constructed First published in the early 70 s the first version of this book seemed to be a modest but serious scholarly work Then Michael Gray did some major revisions and added a bit of material to take into account Dylan s work of the 70 s for the second version of this work This seems to have been all well and good Where it goes afoul is in the third iteration Instead of writing a new book or revising the old stuff he tacked on justpages than were in the original book to cover Dylan s work in the 80 s and 90 s, work that by Gray s own account is generally inferior to Dylan s output in the 60 s and 70 s The amount of space given to the album Under the Red Sky and Dylan s use of nursery rhyme in his songs is just one of many egregious decisions, particularly when taken with the relative lack of attention to the influences of country music, folk ballads, Woody Guthrie, or Walt Whitman Dylan still makes vital music every now and then Just listen 2001 s Love and Theft He deserves afocused critical eye exploring the power of that work Unfortunately, this is too ponderous a collection to get there Extended, passionate and persuasive analysis of how Dylan s music and lyrics owethan one might think not just to folk music but to southern American blues Many incisive and thoughtful discussions of particular songs. |Pdf ☸ Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan ⚖ Michael Gray s Song and Dance Man III , on Bob Dylan s life and work, offers studies of Dylan s entire oeuvre, and the ever popular album by album guide has also been extensively updated and extended sort of dense, very pretentious, but endlessly fascinating. great as bob himself Looking for an obsessive analysis of Dylan s work Look no further Curl up with your collection of box sets and bootlegs and get to work.