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“Poetic Lyricism...”

Bob Dylan’s fevered, poetic lyricism finds a voice in prose in this arresting memoir. Filled with anecdotes and insights, it feels at once lovingly crafted and utterly spontaneous—much like his greatest songs.
Alex P.
Scribd Editor
The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.

"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.

Topics: Counterculture, United States of America, New York City, 1960s, Lyrical, Music, Musicians, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop Music, 20th Century, and American Author

Published: Simon & Schuster on Oct 11, 2004
ISBN: 9780743272582
List price: $13.99
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Dylan takes you as his partner in all that he does,speed strips from antihistean put in cups of Tea.Stealing albums of woodie,explaining how he was influenced by whaling yawns turning them into hits.Grossman the powerfull must know.If you think you know dylan you don't.You'll relate to his music as a teen way back thanread more
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Fantastic to find out from Dylan, in his own words, that he was always surprised by and rejected the messianic adulation of some of his listeners. He never felt himself to be some great liberal.read more
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Dylan takes you as his partner in all that he does,speed strips from antihistean put in cups of Tea.Stealing albums of woodie,explaining how he was influenced by whaling yawns turning them into hits.Grossman the powerfull must know.If you think you know dylan you don't.You'll relate to his music as a teen way back than
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Fantastic to find out from Dylan, in his own words, that he was always surprised by and rejected the messianic adulation of some of his listeners. He never felt himself to be some great liberal.
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Dylan hasn't made a truly satisfactory album since 1966. Despite the reviews, this book doesn't indicate that he's belatedly recovered his muse via a new medium. Better than Tarantula, I s'pose.
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Long awaited autobiography by the world’s best-loved troubadour. At times thoughtful and self-deprecating, the book is less gossipy than some would like, but incredibly fulfilling to those of us who have fallen in love with his music. Essential for fans and music lovers everywhere.
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Book club selection. Was a very disjointed account of Bob Dylan's life... reading this, you'd think he was the epitome of the family man, just a little drink now and then. It jumps from experience to experience ... not exactly a chronological chronicle.
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