Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
I just finished this amazing biography
of these complicated, four musicians.
I was introduced to this book by a friend of mine, who was getting into the whole 60
thing and had read this book. Once she finished she gave it to me to read and I was immediately pulled into the story.
I was only familiar with Bob Dylan
, not the Baez
sisters or Richard Farina
. I also had no sense of the history of the music
behind that era.
David Hajdu does a wonderful job creating a portrait
of these four lives, showing just how important each one was in affecting each other's music and lives.
, music, fame
s, and growing up together, the story of Dylan, Farina, and the Baez sisters is captivating and moving and incrediably important to the folk-music of 60s.
I am amazed by the amount I learned of "the behind-the-scenes" music information
. I never had really gone beyond just listening to Bob Dylan's music
, but I was shown through his music, actions
, and relationships with those around him, how insanely complicated this man is. The personalities of these four artists are incredible. Dylan is presented as a sad, lost little kid
using Joan Baez's fame as a way to "make it" in the world of music to an irrational
, betraying rock and roll
Positively 4th street is beyond question one of the best biographies I have picked up. I would suggest it to anyone with interest or knowledge of Dylan and of folk and rock and roll music.