Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How Many Bob Dylan Books are Enough?


As a subscriber to Isis, a fanzine, I receive weekly updates announcing new books, recordings, and memorabilia.  Last night I looked at my bookshelf and observed that I had numerous Bob Dylan books.  I have several other e-books about him on my Amazon Kindle.  The book listed above was announced today and will be released in April.  Clinton Heylin is a well-respected Dylan scholar who has published extensively.  Below is a description of this new book.

With fresh and revealing information A Restless, Hungry Feeling tells the story of Dylan’s meteoric rise to fame: his arrival in early 1961 in New York, where he is embraced by the folk scene; his elevation to a spokesman of a generation whose protest songs provide the soundtrack for the burgeoning Civil Rights movement; his alleged betrayal when he ‘goes electric’ at Newport in 1965; his subsequent controversial world tour with a rock ‘n’ roll band; and the recording of his three undisputed electric masterpieces: Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. At the peak of his fame in July 1966 he reportedly crashes his motorbike in Woodstock, upstate New York, and disappears from public view. When he re-emerges, he looks different, his voice sounds different, his songs are different. That other story will be told in Volume 2, to be published in autumn 2022. Hardback. 720 Pages.

Will there be any new revelations in this book that covers his life until 1966?  Volume 2 covering 1967 to the present will be published in Fall 2022.

How many Bob Dylan books are enough?

1 comment:

C said...

Bruce, I agree. How I yearn for a well researched bio (doc. or book) of the latter day Dylan. Or a reevaluation of the midyears. In his multitudes, there is so much more to understand and see than "Voice of a Generation," "Bad boy goes electric, turns back on roots," "Falls off motorcycle", "Makes come back." Thanks for this perspective on the crowded bookshelves offering hash and rehash. Caitlin

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