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Title:
Counting down Bob Dylan : his 100 finest songs
Author:
Beviglia, Jim.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, c2013, 2012.
Physical Description:
xiv, 201 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Counting Down is a unique series of titles designed to select the best songs or musical works from major performance artists and composers in an age of design-your-own playlists. Contributors offer readers the reasons why some works stand out from others. It is the ideal companion for music lovers. For fifty years, Bob Dylan's music has been a source of wonder to his fans and endless fodder for analysis by music critics. In Counting Down Bob Dylan, rock journalist Jim Beviglia dares to rank these songs in descending order from Dylan's 100th best to his #1 song. Surveying the near six-decade career of this musical legend, Beviglia offers insightful analyses into the music and lyrics and dishes out important historical information and fascinating trivia to explain why these 100 rank among Dylan's best to date. At the same time, a portrait of the seemingly inscrutable Dylan emerges through the words of his finest songs, providing both the perfect introduction to his work and a comprehensive new take on this master of American songwriting. This work will appeal to the legions of Bob Dylan fans who have taken to analyzing his music. Unlike other Dylan books, which vary between the academic and the journalistic, Counting Down Bob Dylan uniquely renders Dylan's music approachable to new fans by highlighting the powerful emotional forces that fuel his dazzling lyrics.
General Note:
"For 50 years, Bob Dylan's music has been a source of wonder to his fans and endless fodder for analysis by music critics. In Counting Down Bob Dylan, rock column contributor Jim Beviglia dares to rank these songs in descending order from Dylan's 100th best to his #1 song. Surveying the near six-decade career of this musical legend, Beviglia offers insightful analyses into the music and lyrics and dishes out important historical information and fascinating trivia to explain why these 100 rank among Dylan's best to date. At the same time, a portrait of the seemingly inscrutable Dylan emerges through the words of his finest songs, providing both the perfect introduction to his work and a comprehensive new take on this master of American songwriting. This work will appeal to the legions of Bob Dylan fans who have taken to analyzing his music. Unlike other Dylan books, which vary between the academic and the journalistic, Counting Down Bob Dylan uniquely renders Dylan's music approachable to new fans by highlighting the powerful emotional forces that power his dazzling lyrics."
Language:
English
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Degree in Dylanology Not Required -- Countdown -- "Roll on John" (from Tempest, 2012) -- "Love Sick" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997) -- "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967) -- "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- "Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- "Hurricane" (from Desire, 1976) -- "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love)" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985) -- "Abandoned Love" (from Biograph, 1985) -- "All Along the Watchtower" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967) -- "Up to Me" (from Biograph, 1985) -- "Forever Young" (from Planet Waves, 1974) -- "John Brown" (from MTV Unplugged, 1994) -- "Mr. Tambourine Man" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) -- "One Too Many Mornings" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) -- "This Dream of You" (from Together Through Life, 2009) -- "Is Your Love in Vain?" (from Street Legal, 1978) -- "The Groom's Still Waiting at tire Altar" (from Shot of Love, 1980) -- "Lay, Lady, Lay" (from Nashville Skyline, 1969) -- "Tempest" (from Tempest, 2012) -- "Farewell, Angelina" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "Isis" (from Desire, 1976) -- "My Back Pages" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) -- "Going, Going, Gone" (from Planet Waves, 1974) -- "Ballad in Plain D" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) -- "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) -- "Goin' to Acapulco" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975) -- "High Water (for Charley Patton)" (from "Love and Theft, " 2001) -- "'Cross the Green Mountain" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, 2008) -- "Shooting Star" (from Oh Mercy, 1989) -- "Angelina" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "I Want You" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- "I'll Remember You" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985) -- "Gates of Eden" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) -- "To Ramona" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) -- "Caribbean Wind" (from Biograph, 1985) -- "I Shall Be Released" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "Rambling, Gambling Willie" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "When the Deal Goes Down" (from Modern Times, 2006) -- "Ballad of a Thin Man" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) -- "I'm Not There" (from I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack, 2007) -- "Mississippi" (from "Love and Theft, " 2001) -- "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert) -- "Million Dollar Bash" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975) -- "Thunder on the Mountain" (from Modern Times, 2006) -- "If You See Her, Say Hello" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) -- "Masters of War" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) -- "Highlands" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997) -- "Girl from the North Country" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) -- "Sign on the Window" (from New Morning, 1971) -- "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey through Dark Heat)" (from Street Legal, 1978) -- "When the Ship Comes In" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) -- "Dark Eyes" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985) -- "Pay in Blood" (from Tempest, 2012) -- "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- "Simple Twist of Fate" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) -- "It Ain't Me, Babe" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) -- "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" (from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, 1988) -- "Workingman's Blues #2" (from Modern Times, 2006) -- "Black Diamond Bay" (from Desire, 1976) -- "Ain't Talkin'" (from Modern Times, 2006) -- "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" (from Biograph, 1985) -- "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (from Street Legal, 1978) -- "Foot of Pride" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "Sara" (from Desire, 1976) -- "Tombstone Blues" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) -- "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) -- "Sugar Baby" (from "Love and Theft, " 2001) -- "Brownsville Girl" (from Knocked Out Loaded, 1986) -- "Blowin' in the Wind" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) -- "Most of the Time" (from Oh Mercy, 1989) -- "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) -- "Last Thoughts on Woody Gudirie" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) -- "Ring Them Bells" (from Oh Mercy, 1989) -- "She's Your Lover Now" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "Things Have Changed" (from The Essential Bob Dylan, 2000) -- "I Threw It All Away" (from Nashville Skyline, 1969) -- "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- "Highway 61 Revisited" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) -- "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) -- "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967) -- "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (from The Times They Are A-Changin, 1964) -- "Positively 4th Street" (from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, 1967) -- "Just Like a Woman" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 154 16. "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) -- "Red River Shore" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, 2008) -- "Tangled Up in Blue' (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) -- "Visions of Johanna" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- "Chimes of Freedom" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) -- "Boots of Spanish Leather" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) -- "Like a Rolling Stone" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) -- "Tears of Rage" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975) -- "Every Grain of Sand" (from Shot of Love, 1981) -- "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) -- "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) -- "Not Dark Yet" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997) -- "Idiot Wind" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) -- "Desolation Row" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) -- "Blind Willie McTell" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) -- "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) -- … And 100 More -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author.
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9780810888234
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Counting Down is a unique series of titles designed to select the best songs or musical works from major performance artists and composers in an age of design-your-own playlists. For fifty years, Bob Dylan's music has been a source of wonder to his fans and endless fodder for analysis by music critics. In Counting Down Bob Dylan, rock journalist Jim Beviglia dares to rank these songs in descending order from Dylan's 100th best to his #1 song. Surveying the near six-decade career of this musical legend, Beviglia offers insightful analyses into the music and lyrics and dishes out important historical information and fascinating trivia to explain why these 100 rank among Dylan's best to date. At the same time, a portrait of the seemingly inscrutable Dylan emerges through the words of his finest songs, providing both the perfect introduction to his work and a comprehensive new take on this master of American songwriting. This work will appeal to the legions of Bob Dylan fans who have taken to analyzing his music. Unlike other Dylan books, which vary between the academic and the journalistic, Counting Down Bob Dylan uniquely renders Dylan's music approachable to new fans by highlighting the powerful emotional forces that fuel his dazzling lyrics.


Author Notes

Jim Beviglia writes for the print and online editions of American Songwriter magazine, concentrating on features about classic artists and reviews of new albums. Jim also maintains a blog as his alter ego, The Countdown Kid (http://countdownkid.wordpress.com/), where he counts down the best songs of rock 'n' greatest artists.


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Booklist Review

Music critic Beviglia looks at Dylan's nearly six-decade career, offering his analyses of the music and lyrics. He digs into historical information and trivia to explain why he thinks these 100 songs are Dylan's best to date. Each song entry contains the original release information and two to three pages of anecdotes and historical stories about not only Dylan's music but information about what was going on in the world at the time. This work will appeal to Dylan fans everywhere and is appropriate for most circulating collections.--Burke, Ester Copyright 2010 Booklist


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Degree in Dylanology Not Requiredp. 1
The Countdownp. 3
100 "Roll on John" (from Tempest, 2012)p. 3
99 "Love Sick" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)p. 5
98 "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967)p. 7
97 "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 9
96 "Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 10
95 "Hurricane" (from Desire, 1976)p. 12
94 "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love)" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985)p. 14
93 "Abandoned Love" (from Biograph, 1985)p. 16
92 "All Along the Watchtower" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967)p. 18
91 "Up to Me" (from Biograph, 1985)p. 19
90 "Forever Young" (from Planet Waves, 1974)p. 21
89 "John Brown" (from MTV Unplugged, 1994)p. 23
88 "Mr. Tambourine Man" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)p. 25
87 "One Too Many Mornings" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964)p. 27
86 "This Dream of You" (from Together Through Life, 2009)p. 29
85 "Is Your Love in Vain?" (from Street Legal, 1978)p. 30
84 "The Groom's Still Waiting at tire Altar" (from Shot of Love, 1980)p. 32
83 "Lay, Lady, Lay" (from Nashville Skyline, 1969)p. 34
82 "Tempest" (from Tempest, 2012)p. 36
81 "Farewell, Angelina" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 38
80 "Isis" (from Desire, 1976)p. 39
79 "My Back Pages" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964)p. 41
78 "Going, Going, Gone" (from Planet Waves, 1974)p. 43
77 "Ballad in Plain D" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964)p. 45
76 "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975)p. 46
75 "Goin' to Acapulco" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975)p. 48
74 "High Water (for Charley Patton)" (from "Love and Theft," 2001)p. 50
73 "'Cross the Green Mountain" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, 2008)p. 52
72 "Shooting Star" (from Oh Mercy, 1989)p. 54
71 "Angelina" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 56
70 "I Want You" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 58
69 "I'll Remember You" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985)p. 59
68 "Gates of Eden" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)p. 61
67 "To Ramona" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964)p. 63
66 "Caribbean Wind" (from Biograph, 1985)p. 65
65 "I Shall Be Released" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 67
64 "Rambling, Gambling Willie" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 69
63 "When the Deal Goes Down" (from Modern Times, 2006)p. 70
62 "Ballad of a Thin Man" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)p. 72
61 "I'm Not There" (from I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack, 2007)p. 74
60 "Mississippi" (from "Love and Theft," 2001)p. 76
59 "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert)p. 78
58 "Million Dollar Bash" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975)p. 79
57 "Thunder on the Mountain" (from Modern Times, 2006)p. 81
56 "If You See Her, Say Hello" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975)p. 83
55 "Masters of War" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)p. 85
54 "Highlands" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)p. 87
53 "Girl from the North Country" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)p. 89
52 "Sign on the Window" (from New Morning, 1971)p. 90
51 "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey through Dark Heat)" (from Street Legal, 1978)p. 92
50 "When the Ship Comes In" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964)p. 94
49 "Dark Eyes" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985)p. 96
48 "Pay in Blood" (from Tempest, 2012)p. 98
47 "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 100
46 "Simple Twist of Fate" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975)p. 101
45 "It Ain't Me, Babe" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964)p. 103
44 "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" (from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, 1988)p. 105
43 "Workingman's Blues #2" (from Modern Times, 2006)p. 107
42 "Black Diamond Bay" (from Desire, 1976)p. 109
41 "Ain't Talkin'" (from Modern Times, 2006)p. 111
40 "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" (from Biograph, 1985)p. 112
39 "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (from Street Legal, 1978)p. 114
38 "Foot of Pride" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 116
37 "Sara" (from Desire, 1976)p. 118
36 "Tombstone Blues" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)p. 120
35 "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)p. 122
34 "Sugar Baby" (from "Love and Theft," 2001)p. 123
33 "Brownsville Girl" (from Knocked Out Loaded, 1986)p. 125
32 "Blowin' in the Wind" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)p. 127
31 "Most of the Time" (from Oh Mercy, 1989)p. 129
30 "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)p. 131
29 "Last Thoughts on Woody Gudirie" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 133
28 "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)p. 134
27 "Ring Them Bells" (from Oh Mercy, 1989)p. 136
26 "She's Your Lover Now" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 138
25 "Things Have Changed" (from The Essential Bob Dylan, 2000)p. 140
24 "I Threw It All Away" (from Nashville Skyline, 1969)p. 142
23 "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 143
22 "Highway 61 Revisited" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)p. 145
21 "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)p. 147
20 "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967)p. 149
19 "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (from The Times They Are A-Changin, 1964)p. 151
18 "Positively 4th Street" (from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, 1967)p. 152
17 "Just Like a Woman" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 154 16. "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975)p. 156
15 "Red River Shore" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, 2008)p. 158
14 "Tangled Up in Blue' (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975)p. 160
13 "Visions of Johanna" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 161
12 "Chimes of Freedom" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964)p. 163
11 "Boots of Spanish Leather" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964)p. 165
10 "Like a Rolling Stone" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)p. 167
9 "Tears of Rage" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975)p. 168
8 "Every Grain of Sand" (from Shot of Love, 1981)p. 170
7 "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964)p. 172
6 "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)p. 174
5 "Not Dark Yet" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)p. 176
4 "Idiot Wind" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975)p. 178
3 "Desolation Row" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)p. 180
2 "Blind Willie McTell" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991)p. 182
1 "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966)p. 184
...And 100 Morep. 187
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 201

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