No Direction Home by Robert Shelton
The Life and Music of Bob Dylan (The Acclaimed Biography)

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(Book). Robert Shelton met Bob Dylan when the young singer first arrived in New York. He became Dylan's friend, champion, and critic. This book, first published in 1986, was hailed as the definitive unauthorized biography of this moody, passionate genius and his world. Dylan gave Shelton access to his parents, Abe and Beatty Zimmerman whom no other journalist has ever interviewed in depth; to his brother, David; to childhood friends from Hibbing; to fellow students and friends from Minneapolis; and to Suze Rotolo, the muse immortalized on the cover of Freewheelin' , among others. No Direction Home took 20 years to complete and received widespread critical acclaim. Two decades on, Dylan's standing is higher than at any time since the 1960s and Shelton's book is now seen as a classic of the genre. Today, everything Bob Dylan does guarantees saturation media coverage, and a new edition of No Direction Home is long overdue. This new edition, published to coincide with Dylan's 70th birthday on May 24, 2011, restores significant parts of Shelton's original manuscript and also includes key images of Dylan throughout his incredible, enduring career, alongside updated footnotes and bibliography, and a new selective discography, making it a must for all Dylan aficionados.

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ROBERT SHELTON is Principal at PRTM Management Consultants. He advises executives in a wide variety of industries and speaks on issues of innovation and business strategy to corporate, government, and university audiences around the world. Previously serving as Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, Vice President and Managing Director with Arthur D. Little, and as Managing Director of the Technology Management Practice at SRI International, his work has been cited in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and CNN Financial News and been broadcast on National Public Radio. With Marc J. Epstein and Antonio Davila, he is co-author of Making Innovation Work. Writer and journalist Patrick Humphries is the author of acclaimed biographies of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson. He lives in London, England.
Published April 1, 2011 by Backbeat Books. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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But if not for every taste, his music-making has the mark of originality and inspiration.” Shelton remains equally perceptive and well-balanced on later phases of Dylan's career, from the absurd flak over his electrified performance of “Maggie's Farm” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 to his a...

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Hailed by many as the definitive biography but surprisingly out-of-print for over a decade, Shelton's volume is back in a new edition including an additional 20,000 words from the original manuscript, giving fans greater insight into Dylan's formative years and creative process up to 1978.

May 09 2011 | Read Full Review of No Direction Home: The Life a...

London Review of Books

Do you really want to know the personal details of an argument they had here or there?’ Whether you answer yes or no to that, doesn’t let Shelton off the hook: in fact, it makes his position worse, because he is palpably condescending both to Dylan and to his own readers.

Jul 06 2006 | Read Full Review of No Direction Home: The Life a...

Salt Lake Tribune

Bob Dylan turns 70 today, but it is his fans who are getting a great gift.

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ForeWord Reviews

Humphries authored two Dylan biographies, contributed sleeve notes to Dylan albums, and wrote the ten-part Bob Dylan Story for BBC.

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Lancaster Online

Shelton, who wrote a glowing review of a Bob Dylan performance for The New York Times before the singer-songwriter even had a recording contract, planned to write Dylan's definitive biography.

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