In a new book, Bob Dylan In America,
Sean Wilentz explores the strains in American life that inspired Dylan
to create "something different that had not been heard before" - and
then, over decades, persistently reinvent it.
"He has been a minstrel...copying
other people's mannerisms and melodies and lyrics and utterly
transforming them and making them his own, a form of larceny that is as
American as apple pie, and cherry, pumpkin, and plum pie, too."