Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Illustrated Biography: fine book, misleading title

Thanks to Phil Stokes’ timely tip, I duly picked up a copy of Bob Dylan: The Illustrated Biography, for £4.99, at a local branch of The Works.

It’s a fine album of Dylan photographs from across the ages, with brief textual commentary. In fact, it’s the finest career-spanning Bob photo album available: if you only need one book of Zimpics, this is the one to go for.

The title, Bob Dylan – The Illustrated Biography, is an own goal by publisher Transatlantic Press, though. The subtitle – A Unique Collection of 200 Classic, Rare and Unseen Photographs – is more accurate, even if the “Rare and Unseen” proportions are small.

A must-buy? Certainly. Especially at £4.99.

Gerry Smith

New Illustrated Biography @ £4.99!

Thanks to Phil Stokes:

"Just bought this said hardback book, from The Works, in Sutton Coldfield (near Brum) for... £4.99! They have the same titles available for the Stones and Led Zep as well @ £4.99."

(The Works is an extensive chain of discount bookshops. To locate your local branch, check out:

Gerry Smith, Ed)


New this week - Bob Dylan: The Illustrated Biography

New this Thursday, another book for the groaning Zim shelves - Bob Dylan: The Illustrated Biography.

Regular readers will know that I’m an addicted buyer of Dylan books - and I’ll be buying this one and scrutinising with interest. But I have to wonder whether the world needs yet another Dylan biography. The main appeal of this bio is its “dazzling array of never-been-seen images”.

Best price I’ve seen (£11.89, saving £5+ on cover price, is at

Author Chris Rushby is “marketing director for a major UK book wholesaler”, so you can expect the book to get an extraordinary PR/promo push.

Gerry Smith