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Chronicles, Vol. 1
by Bob Dylan
by Bob Dylan
West Hartford's review
Oct 14, 10
Bob Dylan is an extraordinary songwriter, and here turns his pen toward his own life for a few hundred pages. What is amazing is that he can tell us so much without revealing anything. Stories of pivotal moments in his life--arriving in New York, learning to love playing live again, signing his first record contract--are presented in a semi-random (or at least not chronological) order and focus entirely on his artistic life. The writing is exquisite (on Hank Williams' death: "The silence of space had never sounded so loud.") but he almost never touches on his personal life. There is an entire chapter about a motorcycle trip with his wife where her name isn't mentioned once. He talks about his recovery from his motorcycle crash and a bad hand injury without ever describing the actual injuries. Not that it matters. Bob understands the dichotomy of the rock star--the songs are ours, but his life is his. You won't know that much about Dylan after reading this book, but you just might understand him better.
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