Veteran music journalist and broadcaster Mike Regenstreif says that BOB DYLAN: Prophet Mystic Poet offers readers “a fascinating perspective on Dylan and his songs” in his review of the book that ran in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and is reprinted on his own blog.
“soundly earns its place on the shelf alongside other notable examinations of Dylan’s canon.” – Jeremy D. GoodwinFriday, January 29th, 2010
Noted rock critic and author Jeremy D. Goodwin has this to say about Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet:
“this revelatory book does wonders in elucidating the enduring influence of Judaism on Dylan’s work, and demystifying broad stretches of the canon, from the ‘breadcrumb sins’ of ‘Gates of Eden’ to the daily prayer rituals embedded within New Morning. In the process, Rogovoy has reclaimed Bob Dylan as a Jewish-influenced artist. It’s a new morning for Dylan scholarship indeed.”
“It soundly earns its place on the shelf alongside other notable examinations of Dylan’s canon.”
The complete review.
Last Friday, December 11, 2009, Joe Donahue — the host of WAMC Northeast Public Radio‘s morning talk show, “The Roundtable” — had me over for a chat about BOB DYLAN: Prophet Mystic Poet. As anyone knows who listens regularly to Joe and “The Roundtable,” he is an astute, intelligent, and fun interviewer. For many years I was a weekly guest on “The Roundtable” (I’m now on WAMC every Friday during “Midday Magazine”), so Joe and I have a built-in rapport. But still, Joe really blew me away with his knowledge and insight and perceptive questions and discussion about Bob Dylan and the book. WAMC has posted a link to the interview that you can stream.
Posted by “Bottle of Bread” to the Expecting Rain discussion list:
I’m reading Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet (by Seth Rogovoy) and it’s a treat. The analysis is from a decidedly Jewish perspective, going in-depth to the Judaic roots and connection to the lyrics. Really very cool. Rogovoy is an engaging writer.