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The Bobiography: Just Like a Dylan Song

Bob Dylan surprises his audience once again. What seemed so unlikely, finally happened: During the past three years Dylan has written his (first) autobiography, entitled "Chronicles, Volume One". It was released on October 5, and is also available as an audio book (CD and cassette) read by actor Sean Penn.

There's two important facts that you need to know if you haven't already read it: First, the book is written much like a Dylan song, mysterious and dark, it leaves a lot of space for interpretation, it's neither complete nor chronological. And secondly, Dylan leaves out everything that might diminish his status as the unknown superstar. There's not a single hint regarding personal or private anecdotes such as his relationships or his family life.
As the official press release on bobdylan.com states, "Chronicles" focuses on "significant periods in Dylan's life and career", but what's behind Dylan's closed doors remains unknown.

The chapter titles are:

  • Markin' Up the Score
  • The Lost Land
  • New Morning
  • Oh Mercy
  • River of Ice

Read it and enjoy it, it's a great piece of art and also another piece of the puzzle of Dylan's diverse biography. But in case you are looking for a complete biography, you might probably be more satisfied with Clinton Heylin's great "Behind The Shades Revisited".

MIKE HOBO | October 12, 2004 | BOOKS

User comments

Zainab McCoy March 11, 2008
Hi Mike after you have read Dylan’s unedited manuscript for Chronicles – volume one, I’m certain you will have a deeper insight into the man, the legend, and Dylan the industry. From mouth to pen he says what he means in his straightforward and yes sometimes cryptic manner until the publishers cleaned it all up and made it legal. Keep Swingin’ Zainab McCoy Oslo, Norway

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