Music journalist Daryl Sanders presents That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound, the first book to tell the full story of the making of "Blonde on Blonde," based on interviews with the producer, session musicians, studio personnel, and others. This program is in conjunction with our exhibit Bob Dylan: Electric.
That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan's magnum opus, "Blonde on Blonde," not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight on much of the misinformation that has surrounded the story of how the masterpiece came to be made. Including many new details and eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as keen insight into the Nashville cats who helped Dylan reach rare artistic heights, it explores the lasting impact of rock's first double album.
Based on exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the producer, the session musicians, studio personnel, management personnel, and others, Daryl Sanders chronicles the road that took Dylan from New York to Nashville in search of "that thin, wild mercury sound." As Dylan told Playboy in 1978, the closest he ever came to capturing that sound was during the "Blonde on Blonde" sessions, where the voice of a generation was backed by musicians of the highest order.
Daryl Sanders is a music journalist based in Nashville and is one of the foremost authorities on the city's extensive rock and soul history. Sanders has been the editor of a number of magazines covering "the other side of Music City" dating back to the late '70s. While his focus has been on music coming out of Nashville, in a career spanning nearly four decades Sanders also has interviewed many legendary rock, soul, and jazz artists not associated with the city, including Frank Zappa, Tom Petty, Joan Baez, Billy Gibbons, Robert Palmer, J. J. Cale, Al Kooper, the Neville Brothers, Betty Carter, Gary Burton, John Handy, Ian Astbury, and Cassandra Wilson.
Books will be sold and signed at the event.