Dylan at 70
Bob Dylan turns 70 on Tuesday; here are three recent entries to the ever-expanding shelf of books about the enigmatic, iconic singer-songwriter.
Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010 (Public Affairs) is the second collection of insightful essays about Dylan and his times by the eminent musical and cultural critic.
No Direction Home (Hal Leonard Corp.) by Robert Shelton is a revised, updated version of the 1986 biography by the New York Times critic credited with "discovering" Dylan in 1961; it's especially strong on his early career.
When Bob Met Woody (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) by Gary Golio, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt, is a minibiography for kids ages 9 to 12 covering Dylan's youth and his friendship with one of his greatest influences, singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor