That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound
Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde
Praise For That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound: Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde…
"That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound unravels the unlikely story of one of folk-rock’s milepost albums with clarity and passion. With eyewitness accounts from the Nashville studio in which it was recorded, Sanders details Blonde on Blonde’s genesis in greater depth than any previous author." —Richie Unterberger, author of Turn! Turn! Turn!: The 1960s Folk-Rock Revolution, Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Illustrated History, and Unknown Legends of Rock ’n’ Roll
“Detailed and diligent, Daryl Sanders has played local detective, seemingly digging up every Nashville cat who was in Studio A when Dylan did it his way in 1966, changing country and rock for good.” —Clinton Heylin, author of Trouble in Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years and Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited
“Major victories like Blonde on Blonde often seem inevitable and easy. But Daryl Sanders has interviewed the survivors, noted the casualties, and pondered the battlefield strategies that conquered a country.” —Daniel Wolff, author of Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 and How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Education That Made Them
"For anyone interested in Dylan or the music of the 1960s. This title deserves the kind of attention received by Greil Marcus's Like a Rolling Stone." —Library Journal
"That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is essential to Dylanologists, but it should also be useful to anyone curious about the way records get made, and, especially, to aspiring performing songwriters yearning to understand what it takes to transform great songs into legendary recordings."
“If you’re a Bob Dylan fan, you’ll want a copy of That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound on your bookshelf.” —That Devil Music
“You want to know how masterpieces are born and then made, this is your kind of book.” --Aquarian
“There are a heck of a lot of Dylan-related books available, but none of them have dug this deep into the making of one of the Scribe’s most creative, critically-acclaimed, and commercially-successful works.” —That Devil Music
Reconstructing events by pouring over decades of interviews, Sanders gives deep background for the Blonde on Blonde sessions, going in detail track by track. Dylanologists will be fascinated by the many pieces Sanders assembles.—Shepherd Express
"Sanders’s emphasis on the Nashville cats’ ability to give the right sound to songs that Dylan was literally writing in the studio sheds new light on one of the 20th century’s central cultural artifacts."—Los Angeles Review of Books
"This fascinating, delicious book offers great insight into both the minutia of the recording process and Bob Dylan's idiosyncratic, eccentric methods. For songwriters, this book may offer unlimited inspiration. For Dylan fans, it is a must." - Corey Mesler on Memphis Flyer
Chicago Review Press, 9781613735473, 256pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2018