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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At his best Dylan's prose is lucid and lovely. - LibraryThing
Amazing insights into the creative processes. - LibraryThing
His storytelling is unparalleled... - LibraryThing
Book club selection. - LibraryThing

Review: Chronicles, Vol. 1

User Review  - Steve Cann - Goodreads

This book provides a fascinating insight into the genius of the legendary Bob Dylan, though does feel rather incomplete - making it equally remarkable (but confounding) at the same time. If you are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Visser - Goodreads

I bought the book for my boyfriend as he is a big Bob Dylan fan. I pretty much know only his hits. I started reading the book and couldn't put it down. I read it with youtube open so I could listen to ... 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.