“Counting Down Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs” by Jim Beviglia 

Counting Down Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs17436987
by Jim Beviglia
Series: Counting Down
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(July 11, 2013)

The counting down series created by Jim Beviglia had me intrigued from the beginning. First off I’m a huge fan of music, all music, not just Bob Dylan.  The other 2 books (so far) in the “Countdown” series by Beviglia are The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.  Being a fan of the 3 I will be reading them all, but not just because I’m a fan of the artists.

Jim Beviglia counts down the songs in such a way as to provoke some serious thought and insightful listening.  In fact, while reading the this countdown I broke out my Dylan lyrics book and would read the lyrics before reading the section on each song.  It seemed more appropriate than listening to the songs since Dylan is the bard of modern lyrics.  Beviglia would talk about the multiple meanings of lyrics, the musicians involved with each song and the recording process.

Perfect for any Bob Dylan fan. You may not agree with the order of the songs but the analysis that goes into each song is well researched. I even found a few songs that could be interpreted in other ways I hadn’t considered.

I have to put in a request to Mr. Beviglia:  the next 2 countdowns I’d like to see are Frank Zappa and The Grateful Dead. Now to see what he has to say about the Rolling Stones.

Publisher’s Summary
Counting Down is a unique series of titles designed to select the best songs or musical works from major performance artists and composers in an age of design-your-own playlists.

For fifty years, Bob Dylan’s music has been a source of wonder to his fans and endless fodder for analysis by music critics. In Counting Down Bob Dylan, rock journalist Jim Beviglia dares to rank these songs in descending order from Dylan’s 100th best to his #1 song. Surveying the near six-decade career of this musical legend, Beviglia offers insightful analyses into the music and lyrics and dishes out important historical information and fascinating trivia to explain why these 100 rank among Dylan’s best to date. At the same time, a portrait of the seemingly inscrutable Dylan emerges through the words of his finest songs, providing both the perfect introduction to his work and a comprehensive new take on this master of American songwriting.

This work will appeal to the legions of Bob Dylan fans who have taken to analyzing his music. Unlike other Dylan books, which vary between the academic and the journalistic, Counting Down Bob Dylan uniquely renders Dylan’s music approachable to new fans by highlighting the powerful emotional forces that fuel his dazzling lyrics.

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