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Dylan on Dylan
Dylan on Dylan

Dylan on Dylan

Interviews and Encounters

Edited by Jeff Burger

Musicians in Their Own Words


560 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9781641602259

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2019)


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A history of this notoriously elusive artist and recent Nobel Prize winner, in his own words

In a 1969 conversation with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, Bob Dylan proclaimed, "I don't give interviews." But in truth, he has spoken at length with print publications large and small and with broadcast media around the world, given numerous press conferences, and even answered listeners' questions on call-in radio shows. Dylan can be as evasive and abstruse as he is witty; he can also be cranky and sarcastic. But in the right moments, he offers candid, revealing commentary about his groundbreaking music and creative process. These engrossing provide glimpses into the mind of one of the most important performers and songwriters of the last hundred years. Dylan on Dylan is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from more than eighty additional Q&As spanning Dylan's entire career—from 1961 through 2016. The majority have not been previously anthologized and some have never before appeared in print. The material comes from renowned media outlets like Rolling Stone and TV's 60 Minutes and from obscure periodicals like Minnesota Daily, a student newspaper at Dylan's alma mater. Interviewers include some of the top writers of our time, such as Jonathan Lethem, Douglas Brinkley, and Mikal Gilmore, as well as musicians like Pete Seeger and Happy Traum. Introductions put each piece in context and, in many cases, include the interviewer's reminiscences about the encounter. 


"a valuable contribution to the record of Dylan's legacy." —Kirkus Reviews

"A major addition to the ever-increasing library about America's great bard.  There is never a moment when Dylan is dull or mundane. This book crackles and pops with wisdom for the ages."—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior, The Great Deluge, and Cronkite

"Assembled chronologically from his first encounters with the press to his most recent, this remarkable compendium allows readers to join Dylan on one of the most compelling creative journeys of our time, one that forever shaped the arc of popular songwriting. His brilliance shines through in these interviews and encounters; so does his wit and love of humor, reverence for songs and songwriting, and, perhaps most surprising, genuine humility."—Paul Zollo, author of Songwriters on Songwriting

"a must for all Dylan fans." —Booklist

"The ultimate compilation of Dylan interviews from 1961 through 2016, complete with an extensive index for ease of reference, Dylan on Dylan is a 'must' for anyone interested in the life and works of this talented musician. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library music biography collections."—Midwest Book Reviews

Author Biography

Jeff Burger is the editor of Springsteen on Springsteen, Lennon on Lennon, and Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen. He has contributed to Barron's, Family Circle, GQ, the Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, and more than 75 other magazines, newspapers and books. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey. His website is