Review: Bob Dylan – All The Songs by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon

Title: Bob Dylan – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

Author: Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon

Pages: 704 Pages

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

The Blurb

All the Songs is the most comprehensive exploration of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize-winning music and lyrics yet, with the behind-the-scenes look at the studio recording session, album, and every single released during his remarkable 50+ year career.

This New York Times-bestselling, definitive book captures in words and photos Dylan’s creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. Packed with stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, Bob Dylan All the Songs profiles his 492 released songs. Organized chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the inspiration behind Dylan’s recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists who worked with Dylan. Lyrics and accounts of the recording sessions are accompanied by classic photos, both in and out of the studio, to create a true Dylan treasury.

Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the comprehensive record of the singer-songwriter’s career which defined an era and delighted fans for more than 50 years.

The Review

Admittedly, I am a fair-weather fan of Bob Dylan. I like some of his songs and I like the history of the time he was making music so I thought I would read up on him to find out a bit more. I probably chose the wrong book.

Don’t get me wrong, All the Songs is a fascinating read but it is definitely for the hardcore Dylan fan. It is for the fan who loves the nuances of his songs. One who can recognise if he is playing his harmonica in a different key or has questioned whether or not there was a someone coughing in the track (believe me, that information is in the book).

I can honestly say I feel more prepared for a question to come up in a quiz about Dylan and further to that, my ability to give a decent shot at answering it. However, if I had known just how detailed this book was going to be I may not have picked it up. If you are a die-hard fan then this needs to be in your collection. If you just like certain songs then maybe just pick it up now and again or just read the information you want to know.

Bob Dylan – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon is available now.

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