Books: Changing Time

A revealing look at the early career of Bob Dylan

There was a moment in the early '60s when the folk-music revival evolved into rock 'n' roll with a message. One person who realized that folk had to move on--to step out, as he put it--was Bob Dylan. One other person, Richard Farina, may have realized it too, but he died in a motorcycle accident in 1966, just as he was poised to become Dylan's great rival. In Positively 4th Street (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 328 pages; $25), David Hajdu adds an important chapter to the Dylan legend by recounting the professional and personal loves of these two men and the...

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