Bob Dylan: Mixing Up the Medicine

Callaway Arts & Entertainment. Oct. 2023. 608p. ISBN 9781734537796. $100. MUSIC
Nearly a decade after acquiring the Bob Dylan archives, the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK, finally opened to the public in May 2022. Their inaugural exhibits are expanded into this book. More than a mere guide, however, this is a career-spanning, show-and-tell reflecting the myriad dimensions of Dylan. Handsomely designed, the 600-plus-page volume reproduces scores of images and objects that are familiar, but many more may be unknown to even the most ardent connoisseur. These visuals and informative descriptions by curators and editors Davidson and Fishel are supplemented with sporadic profiles by prominent Dylanologists such as Douglas Brinkley and Greil Marcus. Each engagingly exposes another side of Dylan. As such, this is not a biography; it’s more of a series of biographical snapshots. The content will no doubt inspire other Dylan devotees to peruse these pages and look for items to add to their bucket lists when they make their pilgrimage to Tulsa.
VERDICT This extraordinary book showcases the Bob Dylan Center and the artist himself. It introduces enticing new scholarship in the Dylan historiography to be studied and celebrated for generations to come.
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