By the middle of the 1970s, Bob Dylan's position as the preeminent artist of his generation was assured. The 1975 album Blood on the Tracks seemed to prove, finally, that an uncertain age had found its poet. Perverse or driven, Dylan refused the role. By the decade's end, the counterculture's poster child had embraced conservative, evangelical Christianity. Fans and critics alike were confused; many were aghast. Still the hits kept coming.
Then Dylan faltered. His instincts, formerly unerring, deserted him. In the 1980s, what had once appeared unthinkable came to pass: The 'voice of a generation' began to sound irrelevant, a tale told to grandchildren. Yet in the autumn of 1997 something remarkable happened. Having failed to release a single new song in seven long years, Dylan put out the equivalent of two albums in a single package. He called it Time Out of Mind. So began the renaissance, artistic and personal, that culminated in 2012's acclaimed Tempest.
In the concluding volume of his groundbreaking study, Ian Bell explores the unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It is a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away. Time Out of Mind is the story of the latest, perhaps the last, of the many Bob Dylans. This one might yet turn out to have been the most important of them all.
Born, raised and educated in Edinburgh, Ian Bell is a past holder of the George Orwell Prize for Political Journalism and the award-winning author of Dreams of Exile, a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson. Formerly the Scottish editor of The Observer, he is a columnist with The Herald and The Sunday Herald.
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By robert mcguigan on 27-07-15
Ironic yet cute
The sample doesn't give the full flavor, which before long becomes insufferable. The narrator actually switches from his droll British accent and into a Dylan imitation to quote him.
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By Alan Parker Thornton on 24-02-14
sneering mawkish delivery
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes, the information is pretty good. The tone is occasionally snotty which may have caused Thorpe to decide to read the entire thing as a insufferable whiner.
Who was your favorite character and why?
How could the performance have been better?
I feel strongly that another reader would be required. This guy's attempts to imitate Bob Dylan and others made me cringe repeatedly.
"...one should never be where one does not belong."
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I'll never buy anything else with David Thorpe reading.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful