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Bob Dylan The Lyrics: Since 1962
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...
Chronicles, Volume One by Bob Dylan
"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else."

So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first...
Lyrics: 1962-2001 by Bob Dylan
All of Bob Dylan's published lyrics up to 2001's "Love and Theft", hardcover-bound.

From the publisher, Simon and Schuster:
A comprehensive, definitive collection of the lyrics of music legend and poet, Bob Dylan. From his early days of protest songs, like "Blowing in the Wind," "The Times They Are A Changing," to his revolutionary "Subterranean Homesick Blues," and "...
Music and complete lyrics to Tempest
The Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook by Bob Dylan
Over 300 Bob Dylan songs in a convenient 7"x10" trim size
If Dogs Run Free
From the publisher: Music icon Bob Dylan and acclaimed illustrator Scott Campbell team up in this delightful interpretation of Dylan’s 1970 song, “If Dogs Run Free”!
If dogs run free,
Why not we?

In this quirky, spirited interpretation of Bob Dylan’s 1970 song, “If Dogs Run Free,” illustrator Scott Campbell brings Dylan’s lyrics to life as a celebration of the...
Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan and Jon J. Muth
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. With words by one of the most admired songwriters of all time and illustrations by a Caldecott Honor medalist, this powerful and timely picture book will be treasured by adults and children alike. Following the success of Man Gave Names to All the Animals comes a stunning version of Bob Dylan's beloved song: the anthemic “Blowin' in the Wind.” Jon...
Tarantula by Bob Dylan
from Poet's Path



"Dylan? He's the best living
American poet there is, man!"
--Andrei Codrescu.

For the most part, critics...
American Radical Patriot
Woody Guthrie: Radical American Patriot is a collection of material recorded "in service" of the U.S. Government. Here are his complete Library of Congress interviews and musical performances recorded by Alan Lomax (released in their entirety for the first time); his songs written while employed by the Bonneville Power Administration, including a previously unreleased, minor key version of "...
The Songs of Bob Dylan: From 1966 through 1975 by Bob Dylan
Comprehensive book of sheet music with chord diagrams
All Access: The Rock 'n' Roll Photography of Ken Regan by Ken Regan
Since the 1960s, Ken Regan has captured the passion and energy of rock...
Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards
One of the funniest memoirs of rock and roll life you will ever read.

"This is above all, an entertaining read.....Kooper is a funny guy, an equal opportunity puncturer of pretension, including his own....Wherever rock history was being made, he (Kooper) was in the vicinity....." MOJO MAGAZINE (UK)
The Conscience of the Folk Revival: The Writings of Israel "Izzy" Young
Israel G. “Izzy” Young was the proprietor of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The literal center of the New York folk music scene, the Center not only sold records, books, and guitar strings but served as a concert hall, meeting spot, and information kiosk for all folk scene events. Among Young’s first customers was Harry Belafonte; among his...
Always for Pleasure
Always for Pleasure is a 1978 documentary film by Les Blank about social traditions in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The film has footage of musical events, Mardi Gras Indians, a funeral with traditional music (the so-called "jazz funeral"), various second line parades, and cooking and eating red beans...
Forever Young by Bob Dylan and Paul Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Dylan's 1974 anthem unfolds as a series of vignettes following the growth of a musician/activist (his clean-cut blondness is a far cry from the scruffiness of the real Dylan). May you grow up to be righteous,/ May you grow up to be true finds the hero fist-bumping an African-American school chum; May you have a strong foundation/ When the winds of changes shift...
The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
The great Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin’s inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. Includes performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo; and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. This powerful portrait is among Blank’s special masterworks. 31 minutes.Video also contains: The...
Man Gave Names to All the Animals by Bob Dylan and Jim Arnosky
From Publishers Weekly
In a track on his 1979 album Slow Train Coming, Dylan speculates about Mankind's naming of beasts. Although his observations are by no means profound, his subject is appropriate for preschoolers: "[Man] saw an animal leavin' a muddy trail./ Real dirty face and a curly tail./ He wasn't too small and he wasn't too big./ 'Ah, think I'll call it a pig.' " Menchin (...
Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript by Bob Dylan and Barry Feinstein
Inspired by a series of photographs that Feinstein took in Hollywood during the 1950s and 60s, Bob Dylan wrote an extraordinary series of poems that have remained unpublished for decades. They are thought-provoking, witty and erudite observations of the world; through the lens of Feinstein's photographs, they speak volumes about the anonymous faces and places of Los Angeles, and offer wry...
Bob Dylan Revisited: 13 Graphic Interpretations of Bob Dylan's Songs by Bob Dyla
Rendered in striking, explosive graphic form, many of Bob Dylan’s most famous songs—illustrated as they’ve never been before.

For the last forty years Bob Dylan has never ceased to be one of the most creative and inspired musicians in the world. Mesmerized by the power of his lyrics and intrigued by the possibilities of translating his powerful, enigmatic personality into art,...
Bob Dylan: The Brazil Series by Bob Dylan and John Elderfield
Bob Dylan has been a prolific graphic artist since the 1960s, and his graphic art is marked by the same constant drive for renewal that characterises his music. Never content to remain static in a single form of expression that he has already cultivated, he is constantly experimenting and testing new artistic techniques and expressions. This book of the exhibition at the National Gallery of...
Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank Series by Bob Dylan
When I Paint My Masterpiece
by Marisha Pessl
New York Times, June 1, 2008

These days the word “artist” is pretty tired. It’s one-size-fits-all like no other word in the English language, maybe apart from “god” and pronouns. It describes Isadora Duncan, Spike Lee, Picasso and Q-Tip, all in a day’s work. And just when it thinks it can take a breather, it has to account for...
Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie
"like a hurricane, totally focused on every word, and the book sang out to me like the radio"
-- Bob Dylan, in Chronicles
The Oxford Book of English Verse by Christopher Ricks
Here is a treasure-house of over seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks, whom Auden described as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding." The Oxford Book of English Verse , created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and selected anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself as the foremost anthology of English poetry: ample in...
The Blues Line by Eric Sackheim
Transcribed from 78 rpm recordings and preserved here long after many of the records have disappeared, this collection of nearly three hundred songs from more than one hundred singers celebrates the diversity of feeling and form that defines the blues. Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters are represented with their lesser-...
"I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else's"
-- Bob Dylan

Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On The Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it...
Train to Memphis was hailed on publication as the definitive biography of Elvis Presley. Peter Guralnick's acclaimed book is the first to set aside the myths and focus on Elvis' humanity, as it traces Elvis' early years, from humble beginnings to unprecedented success. At the heart of the story is Elvis himself, a poor boy of great ambition and fiery musical passions, who connected with his...
The Land Where the Blues Began
From Publishers Weekly:

Working for the Library of Congress and other cultural institutions, legendary roots-music connoisseur Lomax ( Mister Jelly Roll ) visited the Mississippi Delta with his father, folklorist John Lomax, and black folklorist Zora Neale Hurston in the 1930s; with African American sociologists from Fiske University in the 1940s; and with a PBS film crew in the...
Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
The first volume of Peter Guralnick's great trilogy of portraits of American roots musicians.
Ringolevio is a classic American story of self-invention by one of the more mysterious and alluring figures to emerge in the 1960s. Emmett Grogan grew up on New York City’s mean streets, getting hooked on heroin before he was in his teens, kicking the habit and winning a scholarship to a swanky Manhattan private school, pursuing a highly profitable sideline as a Park Avenue burglar, then skipping...
Selected Poems
From Booklist's Ray Olson: Once he bestrode the American scene like a colossus, but while plenty of his work remains in print, Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) is no longer much--or well--spoken of these days, especially as a poet. This new selection of his verse by two scholars, George and Willene Hendrick, who tracked down dozens of uncollected or unpublished Sandburg poems, may change that situation...
Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.

Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally...

The American Songbag, by Carl Sandburg
A wonderful collection of authentic American folk songs collected by Carl Sandburg, later to influence generations of singers and songwriters including Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.
Piano / Guitar / Vocals folio
Bob Dylan mentions Clausewitz on pages 41 and 45 of his Chronicles: Volume One, saying he had "a morbid fascination with this stuff," that "Clausewitz in some ways is a prophet" and reading Clausewitz can make you "take your own thoughts a little less seriously." Dylan says that Vom Kriege was one of the books he looked through among those he found in his friend's personal library as a young man...
Kaddish, by Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg's epic poem inspired by the death in 1956 of his mother Naomi.
Piano / vocals / guitar folio
Piano / Vocals / Guitar folio
Mister Jelly Roll
from the University of California Press:

When it appeared in 1950, this biography of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton became an instant classic of jazz literature. Now back in print and updated with a new afterword by Lawrence Gushee, Mister Jelly Roll will enchant a new generation of readers with the fascinating story of one of the world's most influential composers of jazz. Jelly Roll'...
Piano / vocals / guitar folio
Piano / vocal / guitar folio
Honkers and Shouters: The Golden Years of Rhythm and Blues
"The best history of R&B and all its components ever published."
—John Hammond
The White Goddess, by Robert Graves
The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves's works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry. In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities—the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death—who was worshipped under countless titles. He also uncovers the obscure and mysterious power of "pure poetry"...
A reissue of Rimbaud’s highly influential work, with a new preface by Patti Smith and the original 1945 New Directions cover design by Alvin Lustig.

New Directions is pleased to announce the relaunch of the long-celebrated bi-lingual edition of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell...