Over the course of 451 pages [ not including the 60 pages of comprehensive appendices] Spencer takes us on a fascinating, fact-filled journey through Dylan’s life , from his childhood in Hibbing , Minnesota right up to the present day , with Dylan now in his 80th year.
Barely a page goes by without some nugget coming to light. In order to test this , I opened the book at a random page and discovered that ,for example, the young Tom Waits pasted the words of “Desolation Row” on his wall and has acknowledged that this “got him started”. Fascinating.
I have read many books about Dylan but this one is among the very best. It is both scholarly and highly entertaining , which is rare for music biographies , which are usually one or the other.
Spencer Leigh has written a masterful biography which will certainly delight all those who have an interest in Dylan and his music . Read the book and listen to “Rough And Rowdy Ways” to get the full Bob Dylan Experience !