Booksigning @ The Bookstore, Lenox, Mass.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The Bookstore
11 Housatonic St.
Lenox, Mass

Booksigning @ The Bookloft, Great Barrington, Mass.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The Bookloft
332 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, Mass

Booksigning @ Water Street Books, Williamstown, Mass.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Water Street Books
26 Water St
Williamstown, Mass.

“Entertaining, intelligent, and surprisingly accessible” – Library Journal

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Library Journal

Bob Dylan’s lyrics have been dissected and analyzed in a host of recent works, but Rogovoy (The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, from the Old World to the Jazz Age to the Downtown Avant-Garde) offers an original perspective in this welcome addition.

He explores the influence of the Bible, the Talmud, and the Kabbalah on Dylan’s songwriting, uncovering references to these texts in each of Dylan’s 33 studio albums, up through 2009’s Together Through Life.

Rogovoy’s research adds fresh insight into iconic songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Forever Young,” providing a deeper understanding of Dylan’s Jewish influences.

Chronological album-by-album and song-by-song analyses make up the book’s core, and Rogovoy gives just enough biographical context to argue convincingly that Judaism strongly influences Dylan’s life and lyrics.

VERDICT Entertaining, intelligent, and surprisingly accessible, this book complements Michael J. Gilmour’s Tangled Up in the Bible and Christopher Ricks’s Dylan’s Visions of Sin.

Highly recommended to all music scholars and Dylan aficionados.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia

Tablet Magazine: “fervent … dynamic … grand.”

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In his “On the Bookshelf” column in the excellent online magazine Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life, Josh Lambert writes, “The Artist Formerly Known as Robert Zimmerman has inspired any number of readings attentive to his Jewish roots, but no Dylanologist has gone quite so far as veteran music critic Seth Rogovoy.”