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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Really good book if you like good writing and Dylan - Goodreads
Or it's not totally suspenseful, a page turner. - Goodreads
If you like beat writers, you will love Dylan's prose. - Goodreads
Great insight into Dylan. - Goodreads
Bob Dylan is (no surprise) an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Poetic and easy to read. - Goodreads

Review: Chronicles, Vol. 1

User Review  - Cynthia Fitzer - Goodreads

Loved reading this book! I enjoyed Dylan's writing style, and I'm curious about the people he mentions in his book. I learned a lot about his musical craft and creativity, and was surprised to discover how private he is. A quick and enjoyable read! Read full review

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User Review  - Jerry Hanlon - Goodreads

Very impressed and very skeptical after reading similar books by Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen. The music industry seemingly can't let go as far as the PR is concerned. I understand BD even better ... 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.