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Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, 1963
photo: Fred W. McDarrah
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, 1963

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Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña
By David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 328 pp., $25
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Politicians, athletes, and even movie stars have it easier—their public lives don't depend on their love lives. Pop musicians are expected to make art out of their romantic ups and downs. We need them to feed our own emotions. But a biography like this one should demonstrate unequivocally that we take them literally at our peril. And that's a thesis Hajdu doesn't have it in him to explore.

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