Prints by Bob Dylan on display as part of "The Drawn Blank Series" exhibition of the singer's artwork at the Ross Art Group gallery on May 8, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan
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A Bob Dylan obsession manifests itself in a variety of ways in "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob".Dylan fans from around the world celebrate his May 24 birthday by converging on the northern Minnesota town of Hibbing, "the capital of the Land of Bob". Another Dylan devotee bought Dylan's highchair and the home in Duluth where his family lived when he was born.Part of Dylan's mystique is his career-long refusal to communicate with fans about changes in his musical styles or the themes and lyrics of his songs.His quest for privacy only fuels the efforts of the fascinating collection of Dylan fans who Kinney profiles with affection and gentle humor: Michelle Engert, who meticulously deciphered and transcribed the small red notebook containing barely legible phrases that would emerge as the lyrics of Dylan's much-acclaimed 1975 "Blood on the Tracks" album; Mitch Blank, a dedicated searcher for underground recordings of performances that might otherwise be lost forever; and Scott Warmuth, one of a cadre of Dylan scholars who search with academic rigor for lyrics that appear to have been borrowed from poetry, fiction or even Hollywood movies.The best known Dylanologist -- he is credited with coining the term -- was A.J. Weberman, who in the late 1960s and early '70s famously sifted through the garbage bins outside Dylan's Greenwich Village house in search of clues to a secret code allegedly hidden in the singer's lyrics.
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"The Dylanologists" (Simon & Schuster), by David Kinney
A Bob Dylan obsession manifests itself in a variety of ways...
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