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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: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504628693
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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.”

    Kliatt 

  • “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.”

    Audiobookstoday.com

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2014

    " Bob Dylan looks like a real asshole in this book. Maybe he was? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque Bona | 1/17/2014

    " I read this because of the Joan Baez connection to Bob Dylan. It was very interesting in and of itself. Tidbits of Bob were interspersed and added my knowledge of Bob. Richard Farina's life seems a bit sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/6/2014

    " great look into the begining of folk music and bob dylan but nice because its not all bob dylan - love the dynamics of the baez sisters - I think I especially liked it because I had jsut had anna and was thinking a lot about sisters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndi | 12/23/2013

    " Man, Joan Baez is fucking irritating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/4/2013

    " Very well written and most enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 11/25/2013

    " Very interesting history of the relationship of these legendary musicians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/15/2013

    " What a trip back in time to that astonishing period of Folk music and the beginning of the protest movement. These were my idols. I can still sing every song on Joan's early albums by heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/15/2013

    " Neat look into the lives of a dynamic and tragic bunch during the most transitional time in America. Another perspective of the Dylan saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 6/14/2013

    " Pretty much everyone involved comes off looking like an asshole in this, but that doesn't diminish my love for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and Farina's only novel at all; chatty, readable history that should be accompanied by Bob Dylan's early work in chronological listening order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgette | 4/21/2013

    " Fab! If you're a folkie nouveau(which I am), this is a great book to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/7/2013

    " I loved this book, and didn't want it to end. You love and hate Bob Dylan. You absolutely adore Joan Baez, and wish to have the fire inside that Mimi Baez had. And you can't help but love the absolute character that was Richard Farina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/6/2012

    " a look into the lives of these folk singers. basically everyone gets painted in a bad light except for mimi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Big D | 5/31/2012

    " I'm in the midst of finishing this book, it's a great and entertaining look at four of the major players of the early Sixties time period when folk music went mainstream, and went on to influence pop and rock music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/23/2011

    " I read 75% of this book which was not due to lack of interest. I look forward to returning to it. A very good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neal whitton | 7/2/2011

    " Before the Incredible String Band (yes, I said before) there was Mimi and Richard Farina, Mimi (Baez) Farina's sister Joan Baez and that Jewish guy Robert Zimmerman who achieved some fame when he changed his name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Morris | 6/24/2011

    " This biography looks at four musicians in the years just before their careers take off. A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 vicki | 4/8/2011

    " I'm really enjoying this blast of the past. At first I wasn't sure about Hadju's writing, but I'm now really pleased with his research and storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 7/18/2010

    " Another well written musical history account by Mr. Hadju. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Millie | 11/13/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 10/24/2009

    " What a trip back in time to that astonishing period of Folk music and the beginning of the protest movement. These were my idols. I can still sing every song on Joan's early albums by heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/28/2009

    " more than a little gossipy and trashy, but nonetheless a fascinating glimpse into a time when I think things really *were* simpler. Such fun to read! Great stories about icons of a generation, which points out that even icons are human... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque | 8/16/2009

    " I read this because of the Joan Baez connection to Bob Dylan. It was very interesting in and of itself. Tidbits of Bob were interspersed and added my knowledge of Bob. Richard Farina's life seems a bit sad. "

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About the Author
Author David Hajdu

David Hajdu is the author of Lush Life and Positively 4th Street. He lives in Manhattan and writes for the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and New York Review of Books.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.