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By Larry Sloman

“The warfare and Peace of Rock and Roll.” —Bob Dylan

In 1975, as Bob Dylan emerged from 8 years of seclusion, he dreamed of placing jointly a touring tune express that may trek around the state like a psychedelic carnival. The dream grew to become truth, and at the highway with Bob Dylan is the final word behind-the-scenes examine what occurred whilst Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue took to the streets of America.

With the intimate element of a diary, Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s captivating description of the mythical travel either transports us to a celebrated interval in rock historical past and offers us with a brilliant photo of Dylan in this notable time. This reissue of the 1978 vintage resonates greater than ever because it chronicles the most glittering rock circuses ever assembled, with a solid that comes with Joan Baez, Robbie Robertson, Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and a wild entourage of groupies, misfits, sinners, and saints who trailed alongside for the trip. Sloman candidly captures the all-night revelry and musical prowess—from the behind the scenes antics to impromptu jams—that made the travel an almost mystical event.

Complete with classic images and a brand new advent through popular Texas musician, secret author, and Revue member Kinky Friedman, this is often an unheard of deal with for Dylan lovers previous and new. with out query, On the line with Bob Dylan is a awesome, revealing piece of writing and an extraordinary up-close and private view of Dylan on travel.

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