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Eschewing chronology and skipping over most of the "highlights" that his many biographers have assigned him, Dylan drifts and rambles through his tale, amplifying a series of major and minor epiphanies. If you're interested in a behind-the-scenes look at his encounters with the Beatles, look elsewhere. Dylan describes the sensation of hearing the group's "Do You Want to Know a Secret" on the radio, but devotes far more ink to a Louisiana shopkeeper named Sun Pie, who tells him, "I think all the good in the world might already been done" and sells him a World's Greatest Grandpa bumper sticker. Dylan certainly sticks to his own agenda--a newspaper article about journeymen heavyweights Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Ellis and soul singer Joe Tex's appearance on The Tonight Show inspire heartfelt musings, and yet the 1963 assassination of John Kennedy prompts nary a word from the era's greatest protest singer.
For all the small revelations (it turns out he's been a big fan of Barry Goldwater, Mickey Rourke, and Ice-T), there are eye-opening disclosures, including his confession that a large portion of his recorded output was designed to alienate his audience and free him from the burden of being a "the voice of a generation."
Off the beaten path as it is, Chronicles is nevertheless an astonishing achievement. As revelatory in its own way as Blonde on Blonde or Highway 61 Revisited, it provides ephemeral insights into the mind one of the most significant artistic voices of the 20th century while creating a completely new set of mysteries. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I recommend this book to all Dylan fans, and anyone who likes to read a good autobiography.
The book is written in Dylan's own cryptic style and those who are unfamiliar or uneasy with the prose of a poet will be somewhat confused.
I was very happy with the many personal thoughts and experiences he did share in Chronicles; he was way more open that I expected.
“Chronicles, volume 1”, the autobiography of Bob Dylan, gets two stars instead of one for sentimental reasons: I’ve liked his music. Read morePublished 5 days ago by B. J. Ford
Interesting book. Dylan rambles a bit, and what comes through most clearly is his ego, but overall the book feels authentic. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Inveterate Reader
This was recommended by a friend whose opinion I trust. I found it to be dull and written in a way that uses too many words with too little to say.Published 1 month ago by carolyn greenan
Bob Dylan has been the subject of many biographies, but not until the publication of his first memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, in 2004, did curious fans receive any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karl Janssen
It's no surprise that this book is not written in the usual autobiography fashion. That's Dylan for ya. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mick