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Tarantula

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Tarantula by Bob Dylan
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Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan's creative evolution - it was written during work on his magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde. 'the good samaritan coming in with the words "round & round we go" tattooed on his cheek he tells the senator to stop insulting the lawyer' Written in 1966, Tarantula captures Bob Dylan's preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the antic imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Angry, funny and strange, the poems and prose in this collection reflect the concerns we find in Dylan's most seminal music: a sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity, and a belief in the artistic legitimacy of chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street. Tarantula never made its publication date in Autumn 1966. To the delays added by Dylan's constant revisions was added the greater complication of his motorcyle accident - which left him with still undisclosed injuries and kept the book from publication until 1971. In the interim, it became a cult phenomenon, with 'bookleg' editions photocopied from reviewer proofs circulating throughout the musical and literary demi-mondes. Reissued to coincide with the paperback release of Chronicles 1, Tarantula will finally find the wider audience it deserves.

Author Biography

Born in 1941, Bob Dylan is widely revered as America's greatest living popular songwriter. In the course of a career that has spanned over 40 years, he has acted as voice-piece and chronicler to several generations, and was one of the first to channel public feeling about racial discrimination and the Vietnam war into popular protest songs. Combining an acute awareness of the zeitgeist with absurdist humour, Dylan struck a chord with millions. In 2004, Bob Dylan published the first volume of his autobiography, Chronicles.
Release date NZ
October 3rd, 2005
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Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
HarperPerennial
Pages
144
Dimensions
129x198x8
ISBN-13
9780007215041
Product ID
1638948

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