Underestimating Albert

revisiting Albert Grossman’s management of Bob Dylan


  • Mike Jones University of Liverpool




authenticity, Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, artist management, Folk Revival, Greenwich Village, music contracts, music publishing, royalties, A&R


This article represents an exploration of the contribution made by Albert Grossman to the career of Bob Dylan. Dylan is such a distinctive performer and songwriter that he can easily appear to be entirely self-made. Certainly, Dylan has a forceful character and appears to delight in confounding all who would ask questions of him. Further, the role of Grossman, his first manager, has all but entirely been written out of Dylan’s early history (not least by Dylan himself). The fact that Grossman died in 1986 has facilitated this process. The concern of ‘Underestimating Albert’ is to argue the reverse, that Grossman’s role in the creation of Dylan as a popular music success cannot be underestimated.

Author Biography

Mike Jones, University of Liverpool

Dr Mike Jones is a member of staff at the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. He is Programme Director for the MA in Music Industry Studies. His first book, The Music Industries: From Conception to Consumption, was published by Palgrave in 2012. He is a songwriter whose songs have featured on 11 albums. He debuted his ‘performance biography’ of Joni Mitchell in 2012.


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How to Cite

Jones, M. (2014). Underestimating Albert: revisiting Albert Grossman’s management of Bob Dylan. Popular Music History, 8(2), 189–204. https://doi.org/10.1558/pomh.v8i2.189