Dylan wrote this book at the age of twenty-three, during the mid-60s, the most monumental time of his career. This collection of experimental prose poetry is beautifully and stunningly written in the way that only Bob Dylan is capable of doing. His lyrical stream of conscious rhetoric is reminiscent of the raw and expressive Beat Generation, carrying the same weight of protest and revolution found in Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and the like. Any fan of Dylan should experience this book. Available in eBook.
-Recommended by Marissa— From July 2017 Staff Picks
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE Music legend Bob Dylan's only work of fiction--a combination of stream of consciousness prose, lyrics, and poetry that gives fans insight into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of our time. Written in 1966, Tarantula is a collection of poems and prose that evokes the turbulence of the times in which it was written, and gives a unique insight into Dylan's creative evolution. It captures Bob Dylan's preoccupations at a crucial juncture in his artistic development, showcasing the imagination of a folk poet laureate who was able to combine the humanity and compassion of his country roots with the playful surrealism of modern art. Angry, funny, and strange, the poems and prose in this collection reflect the concerns found in Dylan's most seminal music: a sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity, and a belief in the artistic legitimacy of chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street.