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  - Joel - Goodreads

Ok, if you are a Dylan fan as I am, this book is fantastic. Not at all like any other autobiography I have ever read. It reads kind of like one of Dylan's songs. Sort of, I like it but what did he say ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

I am baffled by the fact that this was ranked as the best rock memoir of all time by rolling stone magazine? I did not enjoy this book and could not tell you anything interesting about bob Dylan after ... 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.