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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 loved Chronicles the first and second times through. Loved it for the plain, humorous writing and its sheer oddity. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard Genz
An amazing autobiography but I would expect nothing less from the bard. I especially like part IV, it's electrifying as Dylan describes the early days as he found his muses and... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Georgie Girl
Wow! Loved it....why did it take me so long to read it....Where is Vol. 2?....a must for any music or Dylan fan....He who is so good with words!Published 16 days ago by Richard D. Wuerth
Good stuff from Bob Dylan about his early career. Leaves you wanting more details and more about the ensuing years.....Published 20 days ago by Rusty
Amazing how much recollection Dylan has of tiny details.
(When I began my memoir, I realized,
"Oh, I have those recollections, too."
I loved this book. Man, Dylan can write!!! I enjoyed this as much as I did Just Kids. Dylan kind of bops around in his narrative, doesn't stick to a strict chronology, but it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Francie Nolan
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir. Somewhat unorthodox style but extremely readable. Detailed snapshots of what Dylan found important in his past, not just his career. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig E. Matthews
This book is only enjoyable for Dylan lovers. This was a book club choice and I could not get through the first 50 pages.Published 2 months ago by piano_man