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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hajdu Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the candid, mesmerizing, and often intimate account of how four young people—Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña—gave rise to a modern-day bohemia and created the enduring sound and style of the 1960s.

Even before they became lovers in 1963, Dylan and Joan Baez were seen as the reigning king and queen of folk music. But their songs and their public images grew out of their association with Joan’s younger sister, Mimi, a musician in her own right, and Richard Fariña, the roguish novelist Mimi married when she was seventeen. Their rise from scruffy coffeehouse folksingers to pop stars comes about through their complex interpersonal relationships, as the young Dylan courts the famous Joan to further his career, Fariña woos Mimi while looking longingly on her older sister, and Fariña’s friend Thomas Pynchon keeps an eye on their amours from afar.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hauntingly evocative blend of biography, musicology, and pop cultural history.”

    New York Times

  •  “One of the best books about music in America.”

    Washington Post

  • “The account of Bob and Joan’s musical-erotic passion is first rate music history and uproarious soap opera. Hajdu’s research is prodigious—even Fariña’s close chum Thomas Pynchon granted interviews—and his anecdotes are often off-the-cuff funny.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Hajdu provides a skillfully wrought, honest portrait that neither sentimentalizes nor slams the countercultural heyday.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With the explosive early 1960s folk revival as backdrop, Hajdu…entertainingly recounts this downright Shakespearean tale of Folk Queen Joan Baez falling for the Ass, Bob Dylan.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrated by Dunne, this documentation of four talented lives is related in a clear voice that changes intonation for each character. An enlightening and mesmerizing social history of the 1960s.”


  • “The real star of the Positively 4th Street audiobook is narrator Bernadette Dunne. Her voice is reminiscent of actress Jean Arthur, which filmmaker Frank Capra said sounded like ‘a thousand tinkling bells.’ Crystal clear and flawlessly intoned, she gives just a flavor of the famous parties’ distinctive dictions without attempting full-out impressions.”


  • A 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeri | 2/17/2014

    " Dotty, it took me 3 weeks to read this! no lighting in tent. But in the back of my mind I was thinking of Joan, Bob, Richard and Mimi during my whole vacation! Shocked by the ending, I didn't know....Thanks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeffrey Side | 2/12/2014

    " A thoroughly good read. Although I was not there, I feel I know what it was like to be in Greenwich Village at this historic moment in time. The book is never dull and always charming. It made me yearn for a time machine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane Holmquist | 2/8/2014

    " Seemed to drag on forever, I can't believe I finished it, life is too short to read tiresome books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Millie | 1/27/2014

    " It's Dylan and the very few people in his life that truly know the man... there's music and logic, art and fame. "

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