Chronicles

Chronicles

Volume One

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
An autobiographical portrait of the acclaimed musical performer recounts personal and professional experiences.

Blackwell North Amer
"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.

Baker
& Taylor

Building on the success of Bob Dylan in His Own Words, an autobiographical portrait of the acclaimed musical performer recounts personal and professional experiences and features black-and-white photography. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743228152
0743228154
Branch Call Number: B DYL
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Chronicles

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klimekk
Mar 20, 2017

That guy for sure was living life to its fullness

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anaemic
Jul 13, 2016

A very well written and interesting book.
It is written in a stream of consciousness and poetic style.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

So much ink has been spilled over Dylan and so many people have their favorite versions of Dylan, that you can't really blame the man himself for waiting until a few years ago to write his autobiography. Autobiography is really not the best word for this though, as it doesn't always move chronologically and is as much impressionistic as factual. Dylan's prose is lucid and observant, as he takes in the burgeoning folk scene, the political turmoil of the 60s, the pop culture of the time, and his own artistic evolution. It's always interesting, but it doesn't make him any less of an enigmatic figure. Much more entertaining and thoughtful than the over praised "I'm Not There."

rcelic Dec 06, 2015

A bit disappointing- there is very little inside information about his life. You get half way through the book and all of a sudden he's married with kids with no lead up to who they are. Almost like it is written by a robot, I have no emotional connection to the story. Somewhat of a bummer.

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TechWriter1
Aug 15, 2015

Sheer poetry.

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pridi_o
Sep 19, 2013

this book gives a glimpse of the music scene at Dylan's time. some details are quite interesting, some are boring. i enjoyed some parts... at the end the ranting drags on and on. :)

moose8454 Nov 18, 2011

Collection:Fine Arts DepartmentCall #:ml420.d98 a3 2004 v1

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anaemic
Jul 12, 2017

I had the thick acetate of the Robert Johnson record in my hands.
From the first note the vibrations from the loudspeaker made my hair stand up.
The stabbing sounds from the guitar could almost break a window.

Chapter 5, River Of Ice
Page 282

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anaemic
Jul 12, 2017

In New Orleans you could almost see other dimensions.
There's only one day at a time here, then it's tonight and then tomorrow will be today again. Chronic melancholia hanging from the trees.
You never get tired of it.
Chapter 4, Oh Mercy
Page 181

giu91 Aug 11, 2014

Had also instructed me to be kind because everyone you’ll ever meet is fighting a hard battle.

giu91 Aug 11, 2014

happiness isn’t on the road to anything. That happiness is the road

giu91 Aug 11, 2014

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