I have a friend who wants to know which is the best Dylan biography. I've read a couple or so, plus articles, but can't remember which ones distinctly. Clearly the autobio' is another fine account, but which bio should he go for?
You could do worse than Clinton Heylin, although he is opinionated to say the least and certainly not to everyone's taste - he's not shy of disparaging other writers and making enemies. Others to consider would be Ian Bell's two volumes ('Once Upon a Time & Time Out of Mind); Howard Sounes (Down the Highway); and Robert Shelton (No Direction Home).
Actually, the Clinton Heylin book that I have to refer to isn't a biography, it's a book about Bob's songs - Revolution in the Air - the Songs of Bob Dylan 1957-73. There is a second volume Still on the Road which goes up to 2008.
You couldn't do worse* than Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties. It covers the early part of Dylan's career, the folk music that was then around, and his various influences and theft-sources.
Thanks all, to whittle it down then it'd be the Shelton and/or the Heylin then? I'm pretty sure I've read Shelton, in which case it must be fairly ok or I wouldn't have kept reading it. Anyway I'll pass these 2 titles/authors on to Paul