Publication Date: October 5, 2004
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
Categories: Composers & Musicians - Rock
"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else."
Bob Dylan's Chronicle: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.
Revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.
Bob Dylan is one of the most lauded and greatest-loved songwriters and performers of all time. His particular brand of music first caught the public’s attention in the 1960s. He has released thirty-five studio albums with hits ranging from “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Like a Rolling Stone” to “All Along the Watchtower,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and “Make You Feel My Love.” His remarkable career in music and literature continues to this day.
'An extremely good book indeed, actually a great one. If you are not weeping with gratitude by the end, then frankly, the age has passed you by . . . I cannot remember a book that has made me happier than this one'
Bryan Appleyard, SUNDAY TIMES
'Undoubtedly the best-received autobiography of the year'
THE SUNDAY TIMES
'Dylan's thoughtful, beautiful Chronicles has taken everyone by surprise. Who'd have thought that Dylan, whose life has been blighted and distorted by his fans, would write such a great book about loving - and devouring - art?'
Nick Hornby, THE GUARDIAN
'The greatest music book this year, of course, is the Bob Dylan Chronicles Volume One - a cultural event so notable I was genuinely bemused as to why it didn't make the 6 O'Clock news'
Caitlin Moran, THE TIMES
'In 1966, Dylan was the counter-culture's Jesus and crazed bums were clambering over his Woodstock roof posing a threat to his kids. When you put it like that (and in CHRONICLES, Dylan did) there's no wonder he was pissed off. Lucid and engaging, rendered in gorgeous prose, his first volume of reminiscences was full of such glimpses into its author's humanity, while Dylan's humbly expressed enthusiasms sent readers scurrying onto Amazon to order works by Thucydides and Roy Orbison. Volume 2 cannot come soon enough'
MOJO, BOOK OF THE YEAR
'I just can't put it down. I feel as though Dylan, my favourite artist, was talking to me personally. I loved the way he talked about how it felt when he first arrived in New York. I felt the same in London at the start of my career'
Leo Sayer, SUNDAY EXPRESS
'A startling event... [Chronicles] shows Dylan's extraordinary command of language, married in the book to an uncanny recall of events and a masterly narrative sensibility'
'A book which measures up to -- and in many respects surpasses -- the highest hopes anyone could have had of it . . . The narrator of CHRONICLES VOLUME ONE turns out to be a superbly candid and engaging character, with a sharp descriptive eye . . . and a writing style pitched somewhere between Kurt Vonnegut at his most dryly aphoristic and a grown up Holden Caulfied . . . If you've always wondered how this man transformed the supposedly antique certainties of folk music into the soundtrack to the most self-consciously forward looking of decades, this book has the answer . . . Dylan's willingness . . . to be a man out of time . . . combined with a rare insight into the moment he was in . . . The power of that combination echoes down through the decades as clearly in these pages as in any song you might care to mention'
Ben Thompson, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Dylan's writing never loses its richness, its sense of crystalline observation. He's unexpectedly frank about his own shortcomings - but not too frank. Throughout, a careful balance has been struck between elusiveness and revelation. Readers hoping to gain admittance to Dylan's inner sanctum may be surprised by how far in they are allowed to venture'
John Preston, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'There is something on every page, in every paragraph, that demands attention... In rock and roll terms, this book is like discovering the lost diaries of Shakespeare. It may be the most extraordinarily intimate autobiography by a 20th-century legend'
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH