That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound
Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde
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That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan’s magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde, not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight on much of the misinformation that has surrounded the story of how the masterpiece came to be made. Including many new details and eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as keen insight into the Nashville cats who helped Dylan reach rare artistic heights, it explores the lasting impact of rock’s first double album. Based on exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the producer, the session musicians, studio personnel, management personnel, and others, Daryl Sanders chronicles the road that took Dylan from New York to Nashville in search of “that thin, wild mercury sound.” As Dylan told Playboy in 1978, the closest he ever came to capturing that sound was during the Blonde on Blonde sessions, where the voice of a generation was backed by musicians of the highest order.
Chicago Review Press, 9781641602730, 256pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
About the Author
Daryl Sanders is a music journalist who has worked for music publications covering Nashville since 1976, including Hank, the Metro, Bone and the Nashville Musician. He has written about music for the Tennessean, Nashville Scene, City Paper (Nashville), and the East Nashvillian.