The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of
one of the most influential artists of the 20th century—a man widely
regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced.
poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein frames Dylan against the
backdrop of four seminal concerts—all of which he attended: Lisner
Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1963; Madison Square Garden, New York
City, 1974; Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 1997; Aberdeen, Maryland, 2009.
Recreating each performance song by song, Epstein places them within the
larger context of Dylan’s life, from his meteoric rise as a young folk
singer through his reemergence in the 1990s and his role as the éminence
grise of rock-and-roll today. He explores the star’s private side,
including marriage and fatherhood, and his struggle to overcome
substance abuse. Epstein also traces the influences that shaped Dylan’s
career and offers a thoughtful analysis of his work and fresh
interpretations of his lyrics. Here, too, are anecdotes and insights
from those closest to the man, including D. A. Pennebaker, Allen
Ginsberg, Nora Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and Dylan’s sidemen
throughout the years. Download and start listening now!