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Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:13 pm
by Chris P
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?

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:26 pm
by Adam Blake
I liked the Clinton Heylin "Behind The Shades".

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:01 pm
by Chris P
Thanks Adam, I've passed the info' on. I think I've read that one too, but I'm not 100%

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:06 pm
by john poole
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.

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:29 pm
by NormanD
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.

*Well, you could, but I won't mention it

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:07 am
by Alan Balfour
Huh, I can count the number of Dylan book on the fingers of one hand and that's where it'll stay. Not my "cup of meat" as a I think BD once sang.

Gray M Song & Dance Man; The Art Of Bob Dylan Hart Davies 1st 1972
Gray M Song & Dance Man III; The Art Of Bob Dylan (signed to A. Balfour) Cassell 1st 2000 2000

Gross M Dylan; An Illustrated History Grosset & Dunlap 1st 1978

Shelton R No Direction Home: The Life And Music of Bob Dylan New English Library 1986

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:23 am
by Chris P
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

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:31 am
by NormanD
The revised later edition of Michael Gray's book is very detailed, and an entertaining read. It is, literally, a heavy book to read - the library hardback copy must have been a kilo.

Re: Bob Dylan bio

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:35 am
by Chris P
Ok I'll pass the Gray on too. I bought half a kilo of sugar last week fwiw