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By Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz stumbled on Bob Dylan’s song as starting to be up in Greenwich Village. Now, virtually part a century later, he revisits Dylan’s paintings with the talents of an eminent American historian in addition to the eagerness of a fan.
Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the rising artist as he develops a physique of labor special in America’s cultural background. utilizing his exceptional entry to studio tapes, recording notes, and infrequent images, he areas Dylan’s track within the context of its time and provides a beautiful serious appreciation of Dylan either as a songwriter and performer.

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I don’t say the truth—that this voice of mine, this ‘gift,’ is just that: an accident, largely uncultivated, certainly undisciplined, wasted, ignored, and finally abandoned. I’m not about to admit that these cords—the ones in my gullet, I mean—don’t vibrate as they used to; and if the ear was ever any good, it isn’t anymore. Still, I own her—she is mine—and how many people have a Steinway (tsk, tsk)? Decades from now, when Leah, whose inspiration it was to give her to me, suggests I should look into selling her, I balk.

J. Simpson played nine holes day after day at a country club in Brentwood? Heidi ran a prostitution ring, an escort service for wealthy, incognito Hollywood types, who abandoned her, of course, when the chips were down, when she got caught in all kinds of illegal activities. Turned out her father, Dr. Fleiss, celebrated for his longtime practice in the little brown bungalow situated between two tall pines on the corner of Hillhurst and Russell in Los Feliz, had co-signed documents here and there— loan papers, escrow agreements, that sort of thing—without asking enough T h e Ob ject P arad e 47 questions.

Like anybody’s taking care of anybody, we said. And, we’ll take care of each other, we said. We were wearing our watches by then, both of us were—as if 16 din ah L e n n e y to mark the start of the thing—though it’s not like I need one now to remind me how long it’s been since all that transpired, or to wonder what happened to the time. CHARLIE’S PIANO Why We’LL never move again: the Steinway baby grand at my back. A reason never to move, never to paint, never to pull up the carpet and put in hardwood floors and a thick Persian rug.

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