The Current: DYLAN TAPES book revisits interviews from Bob Dylan's first biography

The raw material and interviews behind Anthony Scaduto’s iconic biography of Bob Dylan draw an intimate and multifaceted portrait of the singer-songwriter who defined his era

[Anthony] Scaduto died in December 2017, as he was beginning to prepare The Dylan Tapes: Friends, Players, & Lovers Talkin’ Early Bob Dylan, a collection of interview transcripts for the biography that University of Minnesota Press has just published. It’s edited by Stephanie Trudeau, Scaduto’s widow and one-time research assistant, and while it doesn’t displace the book built upon the conversations built upon, it has its own fascinations.

When An Intimate Biography was published, its most revelatory parts were Scaduto’s depictions of Dylan’s youth in and around Hibbing and Duluth, and his brief stint at the University of Minnesota. In transcript form, this tendency goes deeper. The sit-downs with Dylan’s Minnesota confrères, as when his high school girlfriend Echo Helstrom recalls their class’s 10th reunion in August 1969: It was in Hibbing, you know? The Moose Club rooms. ... Oh, right downtown! … Howard Street.” 

Read the review at The Current. 

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