Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

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By: Victor Maymudes and Jacob Maymudes

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A vivid, first-hand account of Nobel Prize-winning singer and songwriter Bob Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.

August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions.

During the years they spent together, few people outside of Dylan's immediate family were closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan's tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the early days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90's. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan's infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sara Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and more; memorable concerts, and insights on Dylan's songwriting process.

On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story.

A Los Angeles Times Best Seller.

An earnest attempt by son Jacob Maymudes to glorify his late father's life, this book is basically a first draft by scene-maker Victor Maymude in an attempt to cash in on his long friendship/sycophancy w/ Bob Dylan after a falling out. Transcripted from recollections Victor made on tape in the year before his death it unfortunately has little literary merit and insight.
"Another Side Of Bob Dylan" is a misnomer, it's really just a checklist of all of Maymude's claims to being on the scene at basically every counter culture major happening and trend. One would think that this insider would hold one of the essential keys to Dylan's enigmatic character but one would be wrong. Nothing is delivered, nothing is revealed, it's the last and weakest book I'll read about Dylan.

- louisa_phillips

Just finished reading Jacob's very sweet and informative collaborative memoir. Victor Maymudes was transformed for me from the Dylan sidekick in the Daniel Kramer photos into a principled, resourceful, fully-rounded man and father. As with every Dylan voyeur, I wanted more Dylan--yet not less of Victor. Jacob's portrait of himself as a dutiful son may be the cause of his discretion: Many unsavory Dylan anecdotes reportedly were left out of the book. Still, a very enjoyable read.

- ariya_adams

Wonderful amazing ,non stop reading ,come to love Victor and his son ,and I feel like I know Bob Dylan better ,feel like he was and is a little odd,but great music that I grew up with and still enjoy , Victor cared for Bob , so much love is in this book,the feeling that Bob cared for Victor too, but pride got in the way , we are all guilty of that, and we end up sorry when it's to late ,let's believe it was Bob that came to victors memorial.

- thatcher_campbell

This is an ode to a deceased father by his son. Victor Maymudes led an interesting life, in LA and NY and hung around with some well know folks and movers and shakers. This is not an intimate portrait of Bob Dylan though, this book is about Victor Maymudes, his children and ex wives, with snippets of memories on the road with Bob Dylan. It's nicely written, but no masterpiece. It's a loving tribute to a young man's father.

- louise_jones

Some sections about Victor and Dylan are interesting. The long passeges about Victor and his family (when he
was not associated with Dylan for many years) are not that compelling. This book needed much better editing.
Those passages should have been condensed. I'm reading this book to learn more about Dylan.

Another problem is that this book is based upon notes Victor dictated into a tape recorder before he died. Had he
lived to actually write this, a good editor would have made him explore and expand more, assuming Victor had that
capability as a writer. But that never happened, so this book is disappointing. The reader does not get enough
insight into Dylan's personality and creativity.

The section about the bus tour was especially tedious- a long itinerary of where they played and where the
bus broke down. Boring. This part was something I'd expect to find on a fan website, not in a memoir.

On the whole, I was disappointed with this book.

- alison_brooks

I was deeply moved by many of the comments and additions Jacob Maymudes brought to this work. He's done a beautiful job of editing his father's memoirs. I learned a good deal about Bob Dylan I did not know. I think this is a very sympathetic memoir about him. When you have been raised to the heights Dylan was raised to at the age he was then I doubt one could be any different than he appears in this powerful memoir. Clearly Victor was very fond of Dylan and it seems to me that feeling, Dylan's insecurity and paranoia aside, was returned.

Jacob, the details of your father's death moved me profoundly. Your father's actions throughout his life were "right" in the context of those days. You did do the right thing. I'm sure your father was and is very proud of you. Congratulations on putting together one of the best books I've read this year.

- aidan_lee

It was great to read about someone that hung out with Bob Dylan. Sorry to hear about their falling out. Although I don't really remember because I read this too long ago; sorry for the spoiler though.

- zander_nguyen

if you already know a lot about Dylan, this book is a total waste of time. nothing new will be learned. even if you don't know much about Dylan who really wont learn anything. on the upside, the book is short so you wont waste but so much of your time.

- jayceon_gonzales

As a keen longstanding Dylan fan I was really looking forward to reading this. Victor was standing next to Bob during the crucial years of his development from 1962 to 1966, returned to Dylan's employ in the 80s and stayed with him till they fell out at the end of the 1990s.

The book is based around tapes Victor recorded before he died at the start of the 2000s, written by his son.

There are some interesting psychological insights into Dylan, for example his method of songwriting and how he thinks. It is no surprise to learn that being famous has had a bad effect on Bob's manner when dealing with people. This is understandable when one considers the ridiculous and dangerous behaviour in relation to Bob of some fans - some of which is described here.

I get the feeling that a lot has still been left out, to be fair much material went up in smoke when Victor's ex wife's house burnt down. And Victor by his own admission took a lot of drugs in the 60s so his memory may have failed him.

There is an element of revenge involved here too - Victor felt deep resentment from Bob's perceived ill-treatment of a member of his family.

The description of the first meeting between Dylan and the Beatles is spoiled by Victor being pathetically star-struck. There are no insights in this chapter.

The recounting of the tour dates in the eighties and nineties is not really of interest either except to see how Bob can allegedly behave like a spoilt brat at times.

Most annoying for me is the detail about Victor's family life which is surely of slight interest even to fans of the counter culture of the 60s and 70s, nobody who has read elsewhere about West Coast hippie scene will learn anything e.g. Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. And there is information here which discredits Victor as a person, sadly.

As a literary work this book is not very impressive. Only Bob is a 'live' character in this book, everyone else described seems cardboard and unreal.

In all this is a book for hardcore Bob fans who are curious about what he was/is like as a person from the viewpoint of his batman. It is short on corroborative detail and you have to take much of what he says on trust. Be advised, a bitter man and his son wrote this book. Howard Sounes biography is far better value than this.

- ricardo_johnson

A great book by one of the closest friends of Bob's for over 30 years, it also details the life of Victor through his family.

- rylan_long

Great service..great price for v-good quality book..

- linda_davis

The author shares reminisces about his father,Dylan and others. Nothing new or earth shaking. A pleasant read.

- finley_collins

This is not the Bob Dylan story. He is mentioned a few times but it really is the story of Victor and his family. That's fine if you are interested but I bought the book to read about Dylan. Just glad I didn't pay more for it.

- miller_gomez

Saving this for my retirement.

- kailani_lee

good read

- opal_collins

Great read that manages to take you into Dylans world
and the fringes of others ......

- grady_kelly

Excellent condition and value

- julianna_sanders

It was interesting and well written but there was little insight into Dylan himself. People who knew him in the sixties made the comment that he was so alive it was scary.Al Aronowitz seriously believed him to be the Messiah. Others thought he was the second coming of Christ.Hearing his comments about ordinary things would have been interesting or any idiosyncrasies he may have had, like eating from other people's plates, which he did from time to time. Dylan remained too much in the background both with this book and Suze Rotolo's. Bob Shelton's book is the best yet because he gets into the man. Can't somebody who was there tell it like it was with some depth and feeling? What about the old man young man thing about Dylan, where one minute he seemed very manly and virile and the next like a little kid? Jesus, was everybody blind back then? Let's open up folks before we all croak and no one has written a proper book. And for God sake will someone tell Dylan to release Eat the Document!

- briella_bennet

This book is a disappointment. Maymudes reflections are hardly insightful, and as I was reading the book i was wondering why we need to be so obsessed with Dylan's private life. It adds very little understanding to our appreciation of his music. If Dylan himself has more to say, that would be interesting, but I think this is the last account of the man I am going to read by anyone else. the author, Maymudes' son, expresses great shock at the revelation that his father was dismissed from a tour in 1994 because of an allegation of statutory rape. But that incident was already described in detail in Soune's 2001 biography, leading me to wonder if Maymudes jr, was being a bit disingenuous. It would be profoundly disappointing to learn such a thing about your father, though.

- cullen_taylor

Enjoyed this book. I am a Dylan fan.

- charlotte_miller

A good read on the interesting life of Victor Maymudes. Some very good insights into Bob Dylan the man.

- royal_davis

Really interesting perspective and insight into the times and travels of the post beat generation

- ayan_miller

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