Chronicles by Bob Dylan
Volume One: 1

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The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.

"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.
 

About Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan has written more than 600 songs. His 46 albums have sold more than 110 million copies around the world. He has won numerous awards, including the Kennedy Center Honor, the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe®, and Grammys® too numerous to mention. In 2008, Bob Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." His most recent album of original material, Together Through Life, was released in 2009 and entered the number one slot in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Jon J Muth is a best-selling writer and illustrator. For over twenty years he created comics and graphic novels, culminating in the industry's highest honor, an Eisner Award for The Mystery Play. In 1999 Mr. Muth started what has been more than a decade in children's books. He is the author and illustrator of Zen Shorts, a Caldecott Honor book, which Kirkus Reviews called "as perfect a picture book as can be." He illustrated the anthology A Family of Poems, by Caroline Kennedy. His book The Three Questions has been described as "quietly life-changing" by the New York Times. Mr. Muth's work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in New York.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Pocket Book. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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For legions of die-hard fans and Dylanologists, there is but one voice. And hearing it spoken is rare, mainly during concert band introductions. So the sound of actor Penn taking on Bob Dylan's

Dec 06 2004 | Read Full Review of Chronicles: Volume One: 1

The New York Times

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In a new memoir, the Sphinx holds forth with what is, to put it mildly, atypical frankness.

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The New York Times

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In a new memoir, the Sphinx holds forth with what is, to put it mildly, atypical frankness.

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The New York Times

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Bob Dylan's autobiography reminds us that "Bob Dylan" is a mythical creation by a master of self-invention.

Oct 24 2004 | Read Full Review of Chronicles: Volume One: 1

The New York Times

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In a new memoir, the Sphinx holds forth with what is, to put it mildly, atypical frankness.

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The New York Times

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Bob Dylan's autobiography reminds us that "Bob Dylan" is a mythical creation by a master of self-invention.

Oct 24 2004 | Read Full Review of Chronicles: Volume One: 1

The Guardian

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When Chronicles appeared in hardback, more than one dazzled reviewer noted that Dylan's writing voice was the equal of his singing.

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The Guardian

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The evocative long second and third sections of Chronicles take the reader up to Woodstock and beyond to the point where Dylan is sick of the whole business, sick of fame, 'sick of the way my lyrics had been extrapolated, sick of being America's media-licensed "outlaw" '.

Oct 09 2004 | Read Full Review of Chronicles: Volume One: 1

The Guardian

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Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan 256pp, Simon and Schuster, £16.99.

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BC Books

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Is this — as Dylan refers to himself in self-deprecating don’t-follow-leaders amusement — the “Big Bubba of Rebellion, High Priest of Protest, the Czar of Dissent, the Duke of Disobedience, Leader of the Freeloaders, Kaiser of Apostasy, Archbishop of Anarchy, the Big Cheese”?

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BC Books

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Starting with Dylan recounting his introduction to boxer Jack Dempsey and ending with a list of fellow Minnesotans with whom he has felt a kinship, the book jumps back and forth between times, places and themes.

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BC Books

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Continued on the next page Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4 — Page 5

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AV Club

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The process of demystification clears the air, though, allowing plenty of space for what Dylan's really up to: explaining how to write a Bob Dylan song.

Oct 25 2004 | Read Full Review of Chronicles: Volume One: 1

Entertainment Weekly

Chronicles: Volume One (2004) It's no secret that Bob Dylan has, at times, been a world-class dissembler.

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Chron.com

They buy books, trade them with each other, and take them back to a used book store and trade them again for more books.

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New York Magazine

Sometime in the fall of 1959, when an 18-year-old Bob Dylan was playing coffeehouses in Minneapolis, he was invited by a friend named Flo Castner to come by her brother’s house and listen to records.

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