Bob Dylan: New York
June Skinner Sawyers
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Bob Dylan: New York (MusicPlace)
June Skinner Sawyers
Roaring Forties Press
140 pages
May 2011
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Part of the MusicPlaces Series that includes Grunge Seattle, Jimi Hendrix: London and Elvis Presley: Memphis (those earlier titles have been reviewed here), this new one on Bob Dylan tracks the troubadour's movements through and connections to various locations in New York City. The book describes more than 50 locales where the singer lived, worked, and hung out.

Dylan originally came to New York in late January of 1961 to track down his hero and idol, Woody Guthrie. Along the way, he became part of the Greenwich Village music scene and began performing at clubs like the Cafe Wha?, Gasllight Cafe, and the Kettle of Fish. He'd ultimately go on to perform at Carnegie Hall, record at Columbia's Studio A, and shoot the cover of his second album - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - on Jones Street between Bleecker and West Fourth.

All of those sites are chronicled here, along with how they became part of Dylan's New York. The city influenced the man and the man helped shape the city in the early '60s, and you can read about all of that in this informative and fanciful book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2011

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