The only author of one of “A Cappella’s 30” whom we have not hosted for a book signing—yet. However, if we didn’t include him, our list would not contain a single recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Besides, Dylan has been our spirit guide from the beginning and remains our most consistent soundtrack in the shop, to the noted displeasure of the occasional customer or employee. While this is not exactly an accurate chronicle of the great artist’s life, it is unfailingly entertaining, inventive, inspiring, and bizarre. In other words, it’s quintessential Dylan.
Simon & Schuster, September 2005. Trade Paperback. New. Item #221981
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan. "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.