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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.
Very interesting. Hard to connect the image of the musician to the writing by him. It just does fit the persona of the guy you see in concerts or on TV.Published 6 days ago by Bob Kaplan
Bobby Zimmerman, born in the state which gave us Scott Fitzgerald, created a persona as fascinating as the Great Gatsby. He's called Dylan. Read morePublished 8 days ago by ilprofessore
This is a powerful get to know a legend type of book. A superb read of a musical genius' start. A well written chronicle of amazing insight of this powerful musical icon. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Classic Book Reading
This is a wonderfully well written and interesting biography by Bob Dylan. He is one of a kind, never to be duplicated.Published 1 month ago by Howard
Wow. Always wondered what goes on inside Dylan's head. Brilliant mind. Personal.
Got a feeling for what it must be like to carry the load of being famous.
Wow! So much more involved in making music than I ever imagined. Entering another world. So good at his craft. A wordsmithPublished 2 months ago by thayer