Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz teaches history at Princeton. The author of Bob Dylan in America, one chapter of which is a revised version of this essay, his music writings have earned him two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards and a Grammy nomination.

October 13, 2016

From the time he began recording regularly with electric instruments, Dylan, his palette enlarged, fixated on reproducing the sounds inside his mind with minimal editing artifice. The making of Blonde on Blonde combined perfectionism with spontaneous improvisation to capture what Dylan heard but could not completely articulate in words.