Double Dylan (From the Bottom of the Deck)Every few years I go through an intense Dylan phase. I listen to the early records, I rewatch Don't Look Back (Pennebaker, 1967)and No Direction Home (Scorsese, 2005), and I hunt around for copies of Tarantula. I used to see a nice copy every couple of years and sold each one as soon as I got my hands on it.
Christ, I think it must be a dozen years since I've held one in my hands. Needless to say, I refuse to buy one online. If it's meant to be, it'll come my way.
I went scouting for books on Sunday morning and ended up standing between a man in a trench coat with a bad cough and some chick named Maggie with a face full of black soot.
Two books caught my eye.
Michael Gray's Song and Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan (Dutton, 1972) was the first full-length critical study of Dylan and his music. Copies in good shape are a little uncommon and this one was only $4. I didn't think twice.
The other book was a first edition of Writings and Drawings by Bob Dylan (Alfred A. Knopf, 1973). This is the first one I've seen that was pink; somewhere I have a copy that's brown. The book was priced $3.50.
It's worth noting that even though these books were published within a year of each other, a new copy of the Dylan study cost $7.95 in 1972 while a book of Dylan's own lyrics, thick as a college textbook, cost $6.95 in 1972.
Oh me, oh my, love that.