Because he was denied access to Dylan for this unauthorized biography, Heylin (Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960A1994) was driven to dig particularly deep. In this update to his 1991 tome, based on unpublished manuscripts such as the diaries from Dylan's 1974 tour and the Blood on the Tracks recording sessions, which were unavailable 10 years ago, along with new, original interviews, Heylin documents "a constant, unresolvable conflict between man and artist." This makes for a morbid, albeit fascinating, 40-year epic with a 260-person chorus that boasts childhood friends, George Harrison, Robbie Robertson, Joan Baez and Dylan's various and sundry "unworthy muses." Everyone, it seems, is singing Dylan's praises and cursing him at the same time, but Heylin is able to make out his subject's voice: the former Robert Zimmerman is a prisoner to his 1960s persona, he says, and in the musician's attempts to protect his artistic and human right to change, he had to slowly withdraw from his overdemanding public. Although this biography should be touted for not fixating on Dylan's golden Blonde on Blonde era (it briefly covers the 1990s), between the lines, Heylin is nostalgicAnot for the pre-motorcycle accident, amphetamine-wired Dylan, but for a younger, less tired one who writes almost as much as he tours. With a subtitle that says "revisited," only die-hard fans will be among the few willing to crack this tome. (Oct.)
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Heylin has put together the first complete biography of this most knotty of rock 'n' roll icons since Anthony Scaduto's Bob Dylan ( LJ 4/15/72). Other recent biographies, such as Robert Shelton's No Direction Home ( LJ 9/1/86) and Bob Spitz's Dylan: A Biography ( LJ 11/15/88), focus on Dylan's career until his motorcycle accident in 1966. These gloss over the subsequent years of his career, a period that includes some of his best work. Heylin attempts to rectify their omission with this impressive chronological look at Dylan's life from his beginnings in Hibbing, Minnesota through his many roles. Heylin's thesis is that Dylan is constantly reinventing himself, not necessarily to good effect (e.g., his poor albums of the early 1980s). The source material is mostly second-hand interviews, though Heylin conducted some of them himself for the British magazine Telegraph . This biography is neither fannish adulation nor axe-grinding screed, but a fair and sharp analysis of one of the 20th century's most important musicians. It also includes an impressive sessionography, a lengthy bibliography, and a list of people quoted and their relationships to Dylan. Highly recommended.
- Keith R.A. DeCandido, "Library Journal"
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If I had known that this book concentrated mainly on Dylan's career _after_ his peak, I wouldn't have bought it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Owsley
Very nice, as expected, my Grandson loved it for Christmas. ThanksPublished 7 months ago by Sara J. Graverson
Such a funny book. Knocks Dylan on his laziness, exalts in his triumphs. Not just another butt-kiss to Bob. You'll love it.Published 9 months ago by Stephen Conn
I have been a Dylan fan since 1973. Bought every album he produced right up to and including "Slow Train Coming". Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Dano Maxwell
This book is probably rightfully touted as the definitive Dylan biography. It's exceptionally well researched, and the author is clearly very intelligent. Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by JG
A must have for any Bob Dylan aficionado. Very detailed and fair record of Dylan.Published on September 19, 2009 by MsNomer
My eldest grandson is really into music and songwriting. He also has recently discovered Bob Dylan. He loves to read as well so I figured it would go over well. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by Cherry Scarmardo