Baby Boomers were raised on the Dylan songbook and Yaffe is a genius when it comes to weaving the complicated story through the many facets of Dylan's life and career. Each chapter offers a historical perspective and delicately dances between decades to reveal unknown details of the famous musician.
Yaffe's at his best when he's peeling away the layers from the persona to reveal stories you only THOUGHT you knew. He has a keen eye for facts and an even keener ear for Dylan's lyrics and the anecdotes that add insight to the man and his many messages.
Every chapter is an act of discovery. There's the Dylan from the 60s coffeehouses, the "finger-pointing" Dylan of protest songs, the Dylan of the civil rights movement, the on-screen Dylan...the list is virtually endless. Yaffe sees through this miasma with clarity and captures the man in full.
Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown is an engaging read that shines a revealing light on this living legend.
Author: David Yaffe
Publisher: Yale University Press
Penned: May 2011
Time Out: You wouldn't think 192 pages wouldn't be enough room to cover Dylan's storied career - but you'd be wrong. Yaffe is a master narrator who focuses on the essential facts without leaving anything out.
Beach Worthy: It's a great beach read that took me to Greenwich Village coffee houses, recording studios and concert stages. It's a real time machine for the Dylan buff.