Bob Dylan Behind the Shades Revisited (Paperback)
|Author: Clinton Heylin|
|Ten years ago, Heylin published his biography of Bob Dylan, which "The New Yorker" recently singled out as "the most readable and reliable" of all Dylan biographies. This version takes into account not only the last tumultuous decade of Dylan's life, but an additional decade of research by the author. Photos throughout. 8-page insert.|
From the Publisher:
In 1991 Clinton Heylin published what was considered the most definitive biography of Bob Dylan available. In 2001 he completely revised and reworked this hugely acclaimed book, adding new sections, substantially reworking text, and bringing the story up-to-date with Dylan's explosive career in 2000.
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited follows the story of Dylan from his humble beginnings in Minnesota to his arrival in New York in 1961, his subsequent rise in the folk pantheon of Greenwich Village in the early '60s, and his cataclysmic folk-rock metamorphosis at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. In the succeeding eighteen months, Dylan released Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, and embarked on the legendary 1966 World Tour that culminated with an unforgettable concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Heylin details it all, along with the true story of Dylan's motorcycle accident, his remarkable reemergence in the mid-'70s, the only exacting account of his controversial conversion to born-again Christianity, the Neverending Tour, and yet another incredible Dylan resurgence with his 1997 Grammy Album of the Year Award -- winning Time Out of Mind.Chronicles the life and forty-year music career of Bob Dylan, from his early protest songs through his near-fatal motorcycle accident, his divorce, and his religious conversion, to his recent rock comeback, including information on the last tumultuous decade of his life.
A famously reclusive personality, stubbornly resistant to interpretation and investigation, Bob Dylan and the inner workings of his psyche have remained enigmatically obscure for his entire career. However, everything else remotely connected with his life and art is up for grabs, so Clinton Heylin's unauthorized biography still manages to pack a wealth of informative detail into its 800 pages. Incorporating scores of interviews with both key and peripheral figures in the Dylan saga, Heylin approaches his task with the painstaking research skills of a musical archaeologist and the dedication of a true fan, enumerating and analyzing episodes in his subject's life, from his 1966 motorcycle accident to his 1980s conversion to Christianity, and their effects on his music. But Heylin's status as a Dylan aficionado doesn't affect his clear-eyed willingness to recognize his idol's shortcomings, which in the author's opinion have manifested themselves with increasing regularity as Dylan's career has progressed; at one point he caustically but hilariously describes Dylan as resembling "an alcoholic lumberjack on a Saturday night out in some Saskatchewan backwater... ." Insightful and revealing, THROUGH THE SHADES REVISITED is an authoritative biography of this elusive cultural icon.