Bob Dylan by Clinton Heylin
A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995

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Influential, enigmatic, outspoken, ever-changing . . . these are just a few of the many words used to describe America's greatest songwriter, Bob Dylan. No one has been more prolific more honored, and more revered in his lifetime; no one has inspired such devoted fans who hang on his every changing word and many changing moods. Dylan's appeal spans aging baby boomers through today's grunge rockers, as his successful appearances on 'MTV Unplugged' and at Woodstock II testified.
 

About Clinton Heylin

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CLINTON HEYLIN is the author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades and several other books about popular music and entertainment. He lives in the United Kingdom.
 
Published December 22, 2000 by Schirmer Trade Books. 403 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Later on, though, his account of how Dylan used a ballad by the 1920s crooner Gene Austin as the basis for his song “Sugar Baby,” presented here as an instance of what I took to be Yaffe’s original reporting, turns out to have been laid out in greater detail by the Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin...

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A Life of Bob Dylan Howard Sounes Doubleday £17.99, pp527 Buy it at a discount at BOL Bob Dylan, Behind the Shades: Take Two Clinton Heylin Penguin £9.99, pp780 Buy it at a discount at BOL With the imminent sixtieth birthday of rock's poet laureate about to unloose a train of tributes and retro...

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Publishers Weekly

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Dylanologists, and just plain Dylan fans, will croon over this painstaking account of noteworthy events, particularly of the musical kind, in the rock star's life.

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In this update to his 1991 tome, based on unpublished manuscripts such as the diaries from Dylan's 1974 tour and the Blood on the Tracks recording sessions, which were unavailable 10 years ago, along with new, original interviews, Heylin documents ""a constant, unresolvable conflict between man a...

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BC Books

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Perhaps it’s difficult if not impossible for Dylan to escape his roots as he manages to slip a line of war protest into “Tweeter and the Monkey Man.” “Tweeter was a Boy Scout ‘fore she went to Viet Nam, and found out the hard way, nobody gives a damn.” Anyone with an interest in Dylan, his lyr...

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BC Books

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Still On The Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1974 - 2006 is the second of Heylin’s works that deal specifically with the Dylan canon and the fifth of his more than 20 books dealing with Dylan in some shape or form.

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Entertainment Weekly

In an admirable departure from the usual, Clinton Heylin, cofounder of a Dylan ''information office'' in Britain, devotes as much space to Dylan's post-'70s career as to his heyday.

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Los Angeles Times

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Heylin faults the earlier (and authorized) biographies of Dylan for failing to discern between myth and reality and for stopping short of Dylan's latest transfigurations, and so his book starts with Dylan's birth in Duluth, Iowa, and rolls all the way up to Dylan's 1990 performances (which sugge...

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The Telegraph

Reading its exhaustive lists of what drugs Dylan took, which women he courted and what Heylin feels about it is like trying to get someone’s character from a set of still photos: the writers who succeed in making sense of Dylan are those who grasp the importance of narrative and showmanship not j...

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The New York Review of Books

In the introduction to his new book, Marcus recalls seeing Dylan perform for the first time in the summer of 1963, “in a field in New Jersey.” Among the songs Dylan played was “With God on Our Side,” which opens: Oh my name it is nothin’ My age it means less Dylan, Marcus writes, did seem agele...

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