The Making and Unmaking of Bob Dylan’s 1974 Masterpiece
Wanted Man Study Series: Take II ~ Vol.1
Limited edition monograph in hardback.

NO ONE ELSE COULD PLAY THAT TUNE is the perfect companion to the finally-announced, eagerly awaited, all-singing all-dancing boxed set of the complete New York sessions for Dylan’s fabled Blood On The Tracks: More Blood, More Tracks.

I tracked down and interviewed just about every eye-witness still standing, including the only musician – Dylan excepted – to play at all the New York sessions; a new interview with Ellen Bernstein, Dylan’s CBS A&R girlfriend at the time; at least one engineer previously undocumented and two old Village friends who attended the initial sessions at Dylan’s behest.

I also spent a fortnight at the Tulsa Dylan archive, researching and annotating the two working notebooks into which the artist wrote two dozen original songs, only a dozen of which would make it all the way to the September A&R sessions.

In 40,000 words, I tell the full tale of the making of Dylan’s greatest masterpiece as well as providing a detailed examination of the thought processes that went into the unmaking of it; as Dylan dismantled the New York album, re-recorded 60% of it and sped the rest of it up, removing audible blood from each and every track he changed.

Never fully revealed before, it is a story only now ready to be told, accompanied as it is by the full soundtrack, courtesy of Sony Music.

As the first instalment in what one hopes will be a second Wanted Man Study Series, this hardback monograph, profusely illustrated and annotated, will hopefully set the bar high for many more to come…

Clinton Heylin.

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