Hard Rain by Tim Riley
A Dylan Commentary

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Ranging over 30 years of Bob Dylan recordings, films, and concerts, this updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines his 30th anniversary celebration and his 1998 Grammy Award comeback.
 

About Tim Riley

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Tim Riley is currently the pop critic for NPR's midday news-magazine, Here and Now.
 
Published December 29, 2010 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In fact, unlike most Dylan critics, Riley declines to link the songs to the life, contending (not always convincingly) that Dylan turns his ``intimate trials'' into ``public metaphors''--in contrast to ``self-serving,'' Me- decade types like James Taylor.

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Riley eloquently but incompletely examines rock legend Bob Dylan's three decades of inconsistent work, bootleg recordings and continuous concerts.

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Delving into Dylan's first albums, Riley explores such traditional influences as Woody Guthrie and notes Dylan's disregard for his fans' musical preferences, as established in his use of both acoustic and electric music on Bringing It All Back Home.

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So says Tim Riley in "Hard Rain," a book that allows us to understand exactly why Bob Dylan is so celebrated: The man and his music have provided the raw material for a whole generation of misplaced academics like Riley.

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