10 Best Music Books of 2017

Reliving the Strokes' heyday, reassessing Dylan's 'gospel' phase, and taking a surreal journey with Art Garfunkel

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Trouble in Mind
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Trouble in Mind

The world's premier Dylan expert offers a deep-dive defense of his subject's much-maligned "gospel" period, from 1979 to 1981 (the book is timed to coincide with a new gospel-themed edition of The Bootleg Series). Heylin goes concert by concert and session by session, adding clarity to a murky era and convincingly arguing that Dylan's late Seventies are nearly as important as his mid-Sixties. A great piece of rock revisionism.

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