by ISIS editor Derek Barker - 550 songs over 512-page, lavishly illustrated with 230 images.
Monumental chronicle of the songs which made Dylan tick and the ultimate Theme Time Radio Hour companion ... This marvellous exercise is testament to Barker’s dedication and knowledge of his subject ... revealing more about its illusive subject’s ways and workings than a shelf-load of variations and theories on the well-trodden story ... Indispensable. ***** Kris Needs – Record Collector
A well-researched, endlessly entertaining and Fascinating book **** Allan Jones – Uncut
Eighteen months in the making, “The Songs He Didn’t Write” contains detailed information about the 550 songs which Dylan has covered either in the studio or in concert from his early party gigs through to the present day.
Each entry catalogues when and where the song was performed, the year of the tour and the date and venue of the first and most recent performance. Also included is the background to the song, from whom Dylan might have learned it, and in most cases a short biography of the artist in question. Much more than just another Dylan book.
ISIS is very pleased to be able to announce that “The Songs He Didn’t Write: Bob Dylan Under The Influence” was voted as one of the ten best music books of 2009 by UNCUT.
The book was also chosen as the third best music book of 2009 in Record Collector magazine. “Songs...” was the only Dylan book to make either of the above charts.