The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota -- his very first appearance at his alma mater -- on election night 2008. In between are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus's liner notes for the 1967 BASEMENT TAPES (pop music's most famous bootlegged archives) to his exploration of Dylan's reimagining of the American experience in the 1997 TIMEOUT OF MINE. And rejection; Marcus's Rolling Stone piece on Dylan's album SELF PORTRAIT - often called the most famous record review ever written - began with "What is this shit?" and led to his departure from the magazine for five years. Marcus follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.
USA, Public Affairs, NY
2010, 512 pages, hardcover with dustjacket. ISBN978158648831
'Authographed copy' sticker, the book is signed by Greil Marcus
and Faber, London 2010, 512 pages, softcover. ISBN 978-0571254453
USA, Public Affairs 2013, NY, paperback, 512 pages. ISBN978-161039199