Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades
In 1991 Clinton Heylin published what was considered the most definitive biography of Bob Dylan available. In 2001 he completely revised and reworked this hugely acclaimed book, adding new sections, substantially reworking text, and bringing the story up-to-date with Dylan's explosive career in 2000.
Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited follows the story of Dylan from...more
1. Song to Woody
2. Talkin' New York
3. Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
4. Man on the Street
5. Sally Gal
6. Hard Times in New York
7. I Was Young when I Left Home
8. Ballad for a Friend
9. Poor Boy Blues
10. Standing on the Highway
11. Ramblin’ Gamblin Willie
12. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues
13. The Death of Emmett Till
14. Ballad of Donald White
15. Let Me Die in my Footsteps
16. Blowin’ in the Wind
17. Corrina, Corrina
18. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
19. Rocks and Gravel
By the time this bio was published Clinton Heylin had probably offended every hard-core Dylan fan in both hemispheres with his disgraceful sneering heavyhanded blatantly rude putdowns of...more
Before reading this book, I read Down the Highway by Sounes and Chimes of Freedom (now updated in a second edition called Wicked Messenger by Mike Marquesee) and both books were great but this book is really for the avid Bob Dylan fan (like myself) who wants to know all the details of his life - well almost. There never will be a perfect bio on Dylan because of his complexity and aloofness/mystery which I believe is deliberate as it feeds m...more
What it is is a thoroughly researched chronological record, in narrative form, of Dylan's studio sessions and professional relationships with others. Even though there are many splices of interviews with Dylan and his friends, acquaintances and others, little is there about his personal life (though the...more
"Behind the Shades Revisited" doesn't deify Dylan or demonize him, either. He's treated as a fallible, exciting subject, and it makes his music seem more powerful for that. For a Dylan fan...more
thank you for writing.
Heylin is the ultimate Dylanologist. His style is amazing and it's never boring. I wanted to read every word of every paragraph on every page.
Every acoustic musician, activist, poet or fan should read Heylin's book once.
You'll like it, even if you hate Dylan.
it's that good.