It’s a difficult decision, trying to pick just one new book off our shelves. There’s always such a wide diversity of subject matter, and at the moment it spans from Amelia Earhart to the history of American graffiti to food trucks (a new American dining craze, especially in New York City) to Ronald Regan. But, ever the publicists, we’re choosing a title that ties in with our 6th December talk on American life and culture (“‘All the News That’s Fit to Sing’: Politics and Protest in American Folk Music, 1940-1965”).*
So, our newest featured book is The Ballad of Bob Dylan by Daniel Mark Epstein. As David Yezzi writes in his Wall Street Journal review, “No other living musician has generated so much ink—articles, biographies, cultural studies, dissertations, monographs, coffee-table books.” This biography draws on in-depth interviews with musicians and artists and spans from Dylan’s early concerts to the singer’s 2009 tour.
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