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Mary Lee Kortes, "Dreaming of Bob Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob"
A quirky look at the singer/songwriter's influence and his presence in the world's subconscious
"Some time ago a crazy dream came to me…." Perhaps the only subject more fascinating than the mysterious world of dreams is the mysterious world of Bob Dylan. Dreaming of Dylan brings the two together for a weird and wonderful romp through the ways the mercurial musical master shows up in our subconscious states. Celebrated writer and musician Mary Lee Kortes, who once earned high praise from the Bard himself for her song-by-song recording of his classic Blood on the Tracks LP, lovingly gathered and curated this aesthetically stunning off-kilter collection of nocturnal visions. Paired with over 100 original images and illustrations, these dreams will captivate you in ways you never expected. Bob Dylan once sang "I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours." And be in them he has! There are plenty of musical dreamers here, from the incomparable Patti Smith to Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus to Kevin Odegard, whose guitar is heard on the memorable intro to "Tangled Up in Blue," to renowned drummer Will Rigby. Not to mention the everyday dreamers, from plumbers to poets to pastors, who appear alongside dentists, attorneys, and psychotherapists. Some dreams are poignant; some are disturbing; some are touching; and others are nothing short of bizarre. Taken together they're an enthralling look at what the famously enigmatic singer/songwriter represents in the deepest recesses of our minds. You may have read books about Bob Dylan, but you've never read a book like this. Like a great Dylan song, you'll return to many of these passages again and again to untangle their rich layers of meaning. Or simply to have a little fun.
Mary Lee Kortes is a musician and author based in Brooklyn, New York. She has released five albums of original material to wide critical acclaim, each of which landed on the Billboard critics’ top ten list in the year of its debut. Rolling Stone described her voice as “the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton, with a sweet-iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde.” Kortes’s band, Mary Lee’s Corvette, generated significant buzz after releasing a live song-for-song interpretation of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album that captured the attention of the artist himself. She has toured the world both as a headliner and an opening act for established artists, including Dylan. Kortes is also a published short story writer. Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob is her first book.