Dan Epstein, The Forward
“The release of Kemp’s book is especially welcome, coming as it does on the heels of [the documentary] ‘Conjuring the Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese’….
Kemp’s book offers a grounded look at the chaos and camaraderie of the Rolling Thunder Revue that — like the rest of his book — is refreshingly free of myth-making or historical embroidery….
it’s worth reading just for Kemp’s celebration of Dylan’s playful (and too often overlooked) sense of humor, and his voluminous supply of hilarious anecdotes, which include a food fight with Joan Baez, a wasted Stephen Stills plaintively asking Dylan “Why did you write that song about me?” after hearing “Idiot Wind” for the first time, and a shabbily dressed Dylan being mistaken for a homeless man during a Yom Kippur service….
For many fans and critics, Dylan’s subsequent return to Judaism marked a major (and most welcome) turning point in his career, and it’s fascinating to finally read an eyewitness account of how it actually came about….
As Louie Kemp’s amusing and entertaining book makes abundantly clear, there’s a warm and loving heart beating beneath the Mighty Zimm’s many layers of defense and disguise.”
“Your book kept me up all night and I finished the entire delightful book. You shared such beautiful stories about yourself and your friends from childhood to your adult years. I know your book will be a great success, and I wish you continued Hatzloah in all your endeavors.”