On the Road with Bob Dylan by Larry “Ratso” Sloman audiobook

On the Road with Bob Dylan

By Larry “Ratso” Sloman
Introduction by Kinky Friedman
Read by Ramiz Monsef

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781400045969
15.93 Hours Unabridged
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In 1975 as Bob Dylan emerged from eight years of seclusion, he dreamed of putting together a traveling music show that would trek across the country like a psychedelic carnival. The dream became reality, and On the Road with Bob Dylan is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at what happened when Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue took to the streets of America. With the intimate detail of a diary, Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s mesmerizing description of the legendary tour both transports listeners to a celebrated period in rock history and provides them with a vivid snapshot of Dylan during this extraordinary time. This reissue of the 1978 classic resonates more than ever as it chronicles one of the most glittering rock circuses ever assembled, with a cast that includes Joan Baez, Robbie Robertson, Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and a wild entourage of groupies, misfits, sinners, and saints who trailed along for the ride. Sloman candidly captures the all-night revelry and musical prowess—from the backstage antics to impromptu jams—that made the tour a nearly mystical experience. Complete with an introduction by renowned Texas musician, mystery writer, and Revue member Kinky Friedman, this is an unparalleled treat for Dylan fans old and new. Without question, On the Road with Bob Dylan is a remarkable, revealing piece of writing and a rare up-close and personal view of Dylan on tour.

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Summary

Summary

In 1975 as Bob Dylan emerged from eight years of seclusion, he dreamed of putting together a traveling music show that would trek across the country like a psychedelic carnival. The dream became reality, and On the Road with Bob Dylan is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at what happened when Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue took to the streets of America.

With the intimate detail of a diary, Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s mesmerizing description of the legendary tour both transports listeners to a celebrated period in rock history and provides them with a vivid snapshot of Dylan during this extraordinary time. This reissue of the 1978 classic resonates more than ever as it chronicles one of the most glittering rock circuses ever assembled, with a cast that includes Joan Baez, Robbie Robertson, Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and a wild entourage of groupies, misfits, sinners, and saints who trailed along for the ride. Sloman candidly captures the all-night revelry and musical prowess—from the backstage antics to impromptu jams—that made the tour a nearly mystical experience.

Complete with an introduction by renowned Texas musician, mystery writer, and Revue member Kinky Friedman, this is an unparalleled treat for Dylan fans old and new. Without question, On the Road with Bob Dylan is a remarkable, revealing piece of writing and a rare up-close and personal view of Dylan on tour.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The War and Peace of rock and roll.” Bob Dylan
“An all-access pass to hang with the greatest singer-songwriter of our time. On the Road with Bob Dylan remains a true gonzo rock journalism classic and a revealing study of music’s greatest genius/enigma.” David Wild, contributing editor to Rolling Stone and host of Bravo’s Musicians
“An invaluable insider’s look at a legendary tour.” Village Voice
“A brisk and funny (if somewhat over the top) prose stylist, [Sloman] records some interesting moments.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Like Being on Tour

This is Gonzo journalism at its best. This book follows the author as he joins Bob Dylan and his fellow musicians as they hit the country on the now-legendary and innovative Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Having been there at the inception of the tour and asked by Dylan to join them to write a book about it, Ratso rallies his editors for funds and transportation.

Throughout the first part of the book, he tries desperately to get inside the tour but is thwarted every step of the way. He is, after all, a journalist. And most of these performers want nothing to do with any journalist, no matter how fun they think he is to hang with or how often he sets them up with drugs and other forms of entertainment. He evens helps scout locations for and unusual people to act in Dylan’s movie. This is why he earns the nickname “Ratso,” after Dustin Hoffman’s character in Midnight Cowboy. It takes some time, but finally he breaks through and manages to convince Dylan to grant him access to the performers…as long as he doesn’t hound them or make them uncomfortable. Things only get crazier from then on out.

Aside from the Gonzo approach to writing this book, I particularly enjoyed how Ratso made an interesting perspective switch partway through. As he struggles to get inside the tour, he refers to himself in first person. Once granted access, the perspective switches on a dime to third person. He is now, after all, a part of the tour.

Also enjoyable for me is how Ratso doesn’t sugar coat anything, gives us the situations as they happened, the dialogue as spoken. For more politically correct-minded listeners, this may be a problem. The language is authentic to the time, which was often rife with misogynistic and racist overtones. It left me wondering how different the book would have been had it been written today. I laughed so hard, so often throughout this book. Ramiz’s narration of this book added to the hilarity and was par excellence, as he provided terrific voicing of many iconic people. Having seen videos of Ratso speaking, I think Ramiz did any especially good job with the writer: frantic, gruff, crass, and distinctly NYC area sounding. I imagine that listening to this book is the next best thing to having been on tour with the Rolling Thunder Revue.
by Tamim 9/13/2017
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Best Narration!

This book is not only outstanding because of Larry Sloman's unique, ahem, documentary style, but it also showcases an amazing new talented narrator Ramiz Monsef. Over 40 character voices, sometimes 4 to 6 people in a scene, Ramiz keeps the energy hot and the dialogue snapping! You will love this read!

Waiting for more books by Ramiz!!!!!

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 15.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English