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This book is the story of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Richard Farina and Mimi Baez as they come together and apart. A biography set in the 1960s folk scene with remembrances from various folkies and the subjects themselves. It details the humble beginnings of Dylan in Minnesota through the Newport Folk Festival and the personal mythology of Richard Farina a novelist, musician and college chum of Thomas Pynchon.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   musician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Singer/Dancer Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   musician Ethnicity    -   Jew Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   resort/hotel Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 14-16 Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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