Like A Rolling Stone

Like A Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan at the Crossroads

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Describes the cultural context and impact of the song "Like a Rolling Stone," examining its musical antecedents, the song's place in Dylan's career, the circumstances of its production, its lyrical and musical structure and meaning, and its treatment in the hands of other musicians.

Perseus Publishing
Greil Marcus saw Bob Dylan for the first time in a New Jersey field in 1963. He didn't know the name of the scruffy singer who had a bit part in a Joan Baez concert, but he knew his performance was unique. So began a dedicated and enduring relationship between America's finest critic of popular music "simply peerless," in Nick Hornby's words, "not only as a rock writer but as a cultural historian" and Bob Dylan. InLike A Rolling Stone Marcus locates Dylan's six-minute masterwork in its richest, fullest context, capturing the heady atmosphere of the recording studio in 1965 as musicians and technicians clustered around the mercurial genius from Minnesota, the young Bob Dylan at the height of his powers.

But Marcus shows how, far from being a song only of 1965, "Like a Rolling Stone" is rooted in faraway American places and times, drawing on timeless cultural impulses that make the song as challenging, disruptive, and restless today as it ever was, capable of reinvention by artists as disparate as the comedian Richard Belzer and the Italian hip-hop duo Articolo 31. "Like a Rolling Stone" never loses its essential quality, which is directly to challenge the listener: it remains a call to arms and a demand for a better world. Forty years later it is still revolutionary as will and idea, as an attack and an embrace. How Does it Feel? In this unique, burningly intense book, Marcus tells you, and much more besides.

Book News
Popular music critic Marcus sees the Bob Dylan song "Like a Rolling Stone" as a singular event in the career of the singer and in the history of pop music and the nation. In this extended meditation on the cultural context and impact of the song, he provides a wide-ranging discussion that examines its musical antecedents, its place in Dylan's career, the circumstances of its production, its lyrical and musical structure and meaning, and its treatment in the hands of other musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Italian hip-hop artists, among other topics. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2005]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781586482541
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 DYLAN
Characteristics: xiv, 283 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Notes: "An exposion of vision and humor that forever changed pop music"--Cover
Col. ill. on lining papers


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Summary

Dec 19, 2009

'Like a Rolling Stone' is the definitive biography of the greatest pop single ever made. Recorded in Columbia's Studio A in New York on 16 June 1965, 'Like a Rolling Stone' was instantly of its time - and so strong it has escaped time altogether. Greil Marcus recreates the brilliantly competitive pop world of 1965, and the energy , the anger, the thrill and the horror that Bob Dylan turned into a revolutionary six-minute single. Forty years later the song remains the signal accomplishment of modern music. It drew to itself disparate traditions of American music and speech; it redrew the map of the country itself; it left behind a world that was not the same. The whole adventure is here.


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at GL

To Top