Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

The Biography

By Dennis McDougal

John Wiley & Sons, Hardcover, 9780470636237, 555pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2014


The ultimate biography of the musical icon.

A groundbreaking and vibrant look at the music hero to generations, "DYLAN: The Biography" digs deep into Bob Dylan lore including subjects Dylan himself left out of "Chronicles: Volume One."

"DYLAN: The Biography" focuses on why this beloved artist has touched so many souls and on how both Dylan and his audience have changed along the way.

Bob Dylan is an international bestselling artist, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and an Oscar winner for "Things Have Changed." His career is stronger and more influential than ever. How did this happen, given the road to oblivion he seemed to choose more than two decades ago? What transformed a heroin addict into one of the most astonishing literary and musical icons in American history?

At 72 years of age, Dylan's final act of his career is more intriguing than ever and classic biographies like "Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades" and even his own "Chronicles: Volume One" came too soon to cover this remarkable new chapter in Dylan's life.

Through extensive interviews and conversations with Dylan's friends, family, sidemen, and fans, "Los Angeles Times" journalist Dennis McDougal crafts an unprecedented understanding of Dylan and the intricate story behind the myths. Was his romantic life, especially with Sara Dylan, much more complicated than it appears? Was his motorcycle accident a cover for drug rehab? What really happened to Dylan when his career crumbled, and how did he find his way back? To what does he attribute his astonishing success? McDougal's meticulous research and comprehensive interviews offer a revealing new understanding of these long-standing questions and of the current chapter Dylan continually writes in his life and career.

About the Author
Dennis McDougal is the author of eleven books, including "Dylan: The Biography", "The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood", and the true-crime books "Angel of Darkness" and "Mother s Day". He is also a coauthor of "Blood Cold: Fame, Sex, and Murder in Hollywood". Formerly an investigative reporter for the "Los Angeles Times", McDougal began covering movies and media for the same newspaper in 1983 and, more recently, for the "New York Times". His journalism has won over fifty honors, including the National Headliners Award and the Peabody Award.