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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.
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"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.
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.
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.
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.
and the fringes of others ......