Chronicles

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Simon & Schuster, Oct 5, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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"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."

So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures 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 the book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.

By turns 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.

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Dylan's narrative writing reflects his lyrical writing. - Goodreads
Or it's not totally suspenseful, a page turner. - Goodreads
Great insight into Dylan. - Goodreads
Poetic and easy to read. - Goodreads
Bob Dylan is (no surprise) an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Great prose from a great songwriter. - Goodreads

Review: Chronicles, Vol. 1

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

Dylan starts with the wide range of influences and images of his early life and career. While you expect to hear about Dave Van Ronk, you are surprised to know that Dylan backed up Bobby Vee and ate ... Read full review

Review: Chronicles, Vol. 1

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Good but too short. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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, when he became something of a chronicler of the American conscience and cultural unrest. His remarkable career in music and literature continues to this day.