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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
Dylan still blowing smoke and trying to be coy. I hope he matures someday.
Bob Dylan captured what was known in Greek thought as ecstasy or furor poeticus, the divine frenzy... Read more
Can't wait for volume 2. Found the decryptions of music theory especially entertaining.Published 15 days ago by D Mag
Not much of a Dylan fan, but this book helped me to understand more about the man, the human being. Being from northern Minnesota as well, I could relate to some of his... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Nancy Sauer
Thank you, Bob. You give us much more than we ever knew. I look forward to Chronicles II. Thank you for your writing and capturing mind, heart, passion and words beyond anything... Read morePublished 28 days ago by R. S. Davis
This book provides a fascinating insight into the genius of the legendary Bob Dylan, though does feel rather incomplete - making it equally remarkable (but confounding) at the same... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve Cann