Winner of the NOBEL PRIZE in Literature 2016 For the first time, a
comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and
poet Bob Dylan, complete with expert annotations. A major
publishing event - a beautiful, comprehensive collection of the
lyrics of Bob Dylan with artwork from thirty-three albums, edited
and with an introduction by Christopher Ricks. As it was well put
by Al Kooper (the man behind the organ on 'Like a Rolling Stone'),
'Bob is the equivalent of William Shakespeare. What Shakespeare did
in his time, Bob does in his time.' Christopher Ricks, editor of T.
S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Tennyson, and The Oxford Book of English
Verse, has no argument with Mr. Kooper's assessment, and Dylan is
attended to accordingly in this authoritative edition of his
lyrics. In the words of Ricks: 'For fifty years, all the world has
delighted in Bob Dylan's books of words and more than words:
provocative, mysterious, touching, baffling, not-to-be-pinned-down,
intriguing, and a reminder that genius is free to do as it chooses.
And, again and again, these are not the words that he sings on the
initially released albums.' This edition changes things, giving us
the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as
well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent
revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words
that, till now, have not been published. The Lyrics, edited with
diligence by Christopher Ricks, Lisa Nemrow, and Julie Nemrow. As
set down, as sung, and as sung again.
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