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Chronicles: Volume One (2004)
de Bob DYLAN
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One of the most poetic autobiographies I've read. There's about a hundred pages dedicated to his post-70s career, that's seemed pretty slow for me. The last hundred pages more than make up for it. Electric.
Vol. 2 where?
Very nice for all Dylan fans.
A lot of folks complained that this wasn't a straight bio/memoir from Dylan, but has Bob ever 'aimed to please'? No, he does his thing. In this case, he vents a bit about being turned into a counterculture icon, when all he wanted to do was write and sing songs. His dedication to being with his family and raising his son at what might've been the height of his career is admirable.
Most enjoyable was a passage about New Orleans that is as brilliant as any of his lyrical writing. The book-on-CD is read by Sean Penn, and to hear him read this section, in particular, is pretty exhilarating.
I still don't have any insight into how Bob writes his songs, or what he thinks of most of his musical peers, but I got to see a side of him never exposed onstage or in film. For that, this book is worth picking up, at least if Dylan fascinates you as he does me.
Holy moly. Turns out Dylan is a way better lyricist than author. So much meandering and so little actual information!
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"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else." So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times. By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)782.42164092The arts Music Vocal music Secular Forms of vocal music Secular songs General principles and musical forms Song genres Western popular songs
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Here's the thing. I've been a Dylan fan for nearly sixty years, ever since my brother brought home his first LP. I have loved most of his many albums. Played BLONDE ON BLONDE nearly to death. So I was vastly disappointed by his recent coffee table book, THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG, which seemed to me little more than a money-grubbing ripoff. CHRONICLES was, I believe, a more serious attempt at autobiography, but it's still pretty thin, and often exasperating. Here's a sample -
"There was a missing person inside of myself and I needed to find him. Now and again I did try a few times, tried hard to force it. In nature there's a remedy for everything and that's where I'd usually go hunting for it. I'd find myself on a houseboat, a floating mobile home, hoping to hear a voice - crawling at slow speed - nosed up on a protective beach at night in the wilderness - moose, deer, bear around - the elusive timber wo!f not so far off, calm summer evenings listening to the call of the loon ... "
I mean, huh? I'm sorry, Bob, but this is just awful stuff that gets quickly tiresome and left me skimming whole pages looking for something of real substance. Oddly, it wasn't until the final section, "River of Ice," that Dylan finally opened up just a little about his boyhood and beginnings as an unknown singer in New York City, and even gives a brief nod to his first girlfriend there, Suze Rotolo, who appeared with him on the cover of his FREEWHEELIN' album (and wrote her own memoir covering those years, which was, by the way, a much better book than this one).
Dylan admits that he struggled in school, was not a very good student. I'm not surprised. Again, while I am a longtime admirer and fan of Bob Dylan as a singer-songwriter, as an 'author' he just does not shine. The Nobel Prize people should be embarrassed. Then again, maybe it's just me. After all, CHRONICLES was a monster bestseller and called "one of the best books of 2004" by numerous sources. Alas, for me, it was "just okay." (Sigh.)
- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )