Hot on the heels of Bob Dylan's best-selling memoir Chronicles, Volume One comes Bob Dylan: World Tours 1966-1974 , a quirky, low-budget DVD tailored to Dylan fanatics by Joel Gilbert, the leader of the "world's only Bob Dylan Tribute Band," Highway 61 Revisited. With a good deal of humor (Mr. Gilbert apparently suffers from none of the delusions of the stereotypical Elvis impersonator), World Tours documents the years during which Bob Dylan grew from the Voice of a Generation into a full-fledged rock star.
With no access to Mr. Dylan himself, Mr. Gilbert interviews Barry Feinstein (Mr. Dylan's longtime official photographer), D.A. Pennebacker (the director of the Dylan-'65 documentary Don't Look Back), and others whose behind-the-scenes involvement in Mr. Dylan's formative years yield an abundance of anecdotes. Mr. Feinstein's previously unpublished photographs (over 150) more than compensate for the complete absence of motion-picture footage, and the interview with the lunatic "Dylanologist" A.J. Weberman provides ample warning against the perils of idolatry.