June Skinner Sawyers
In the basements, studios, and cafes of Manhattan in the 1960s, Bob Dylan created sounds and words that redefined the possibilities of popular music.
Bob Dylan: New York is the only book devoted to examining the role that New York City played in the creation of Dylan’s music, the evolution of his creative process, and the continual reinvention of his public persona.
Packed with information, savvy insights, and surprising facts, Bob Dylan: New York not only chronicles where he lived, worked, and played (and where he still plays from time to time), but also offers evocative portraits of different facets of the city, especially its folk scene during the 1960s. The book features more than fifty sites—fleapit hotels and avant-garde clubs, tiny coffeehouses and vast concert halls, landmarks of one sort or another in Dylan’s New York odyssey. Street maps let the reader navigate from the Café Wha? to the Chelsea Hotel; from Columbia’s Studio A, where he recorded songs such as “Desolation Row” and “Positively 4th Street,” to the Decker Building, where he hung out with Warhol and Nico; from the Delmonico Hotel, where he introduced the Beatles to marijuana, to the Bitter End, where he spent much of the summer of ’75 playing pool and guitar.
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June Skinner Sawyers is the author of several books, including The Beatles; Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader; and The Greenwich Village Reader. She is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
ISBN: 978-0-9843165-9-5 • $14.95 print • $8.95 ebook