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August 2014 marks fifty years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music marked a departure from Dylan’s socially conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions.

During the years they spent together, few people outside of Dylan’s immediate family were closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan’s tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the early days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late’90s. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan’s infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sara Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys; memorable concerts; and insights on Dylan’s songwriting process.

On January 26, 2001, after recording more than twenty-four hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, firsthand account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unusual addition to the giant Dylan oeuvre…an intimate, conversational account of Victor’s tempestuous friendship with Mr. Dylan.”

    New York Times

  • “A posthumous memoir drawn from tapes of one-time Dylan insider Victor Maymudes…With such intimate exposure, Dylan remains unknowable but interesting.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Some have called Bob Dylan enigmatic; others have suggested that a new term needs to be coined to adequately describe his strange uniqueness. The man shown walking with the singer on the cover of this book has penetrated that famous reserve. He was Victor Maymudes, Dylan’s longtime close friend, confidant, and tour manager. In 2001, while preparing this personal history of their forty-year friendship, he died suddenly. Fortunately, this revelatory book has since been completed by his director son Jacob. A rare intimate firsthand portrait of an artist, a friend, and a celebrity.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “On and off, from the early 1960s to the turn of the century, Victor Maymudes was one of those closest to Dylan for the longest stretches, to the point where the reclusive artist said, ‘Victor speaks for me!’ He sometimes had the title of road manager, but at other times headed security, served as frequent chess partner, secured and designed his personal touring bus, engaged in philosophical, mind-bending conversations, and occasionally allowed himself to suffer humiliation as flunky or worse. ‘What I needed from Bob, I was more than willing to pay the price for, to have front-row access to his brilliance,’ he said on the tapes that form the basis for this posthumous memoir, edited and co-written by his son.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Whether it was hanging out in the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene or driving through the heart of the South during the Civil Rights era or turning on the Beatles to marijuana—poet, tour manager, and promoter Victor Maymudes was there every step of the way with his charismatic and enigmatic friend Bob Dylan. Jacob Maymudes reads his late father’s Beat-era, folk, rock-and-roll, and counterculture reminiscences—recorded in a frenzy in 2001 on twenty-four cassette tapes—with a youthful sense of wonder and discovery. Some of the most honest and touching passages are of Jacob recounting his own memories of being a teenaged boy spending a couple of 1990s summers playing video games on a tour bus with his father and his father’s boss—a musician named Bob.”


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