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Chronicles: Chronicles

by Bob Dylan

Simon & Schuster | September 13, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Chronicles: Chronicles is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: September 13, 2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743244583

ISBN - 13: 9780743244589

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Poetic insight into bob dylan as a person By Sydney Dysart March 12, 2010 - 1:16 pm Bob Dylan Chronicles offers something that many other biographies don't. That is an insight into his mind. It doesn't so much describe events in Bob Dylan's life; it describes the way he perceived them as they happened and how he came to do the things he did. Every phrase was poetic, weaving the words into a painting. The story also moves back and forth through Dylan’s life, making it more interesting, because you can't be sure where it will take you. For example, the story begins looking at a young, naïve Dylan getting his first record deal, and then jumps to an older more family oriented Dylan who isn’t sure he wants a musician’s life anymore. I did find that at times the story became confusing when it switched times, because it didn't always say what time the section was set in, but it wasn't all that difficult to find out, because eventually, it will reference a song Dylan was writing at the time, or a world event and you are once again oriented. This book doesn't only talk about Bob Dylan, it actually embodies him. The voice is poetic-like Dylan’s songs- and fresh, because it is Bob Dylan writing it, it doesn’t come off as fake, it is genuine and well thought out. The descriptive writing style helps to create detailed mental images. Bob Dylan Chronicles is a book that can really be enjoyed by people who enjoy Dylan’s music, because it helps to describe him as a person and suddenly light is thrown behind his lyrics that weren’t there before. The Book references songs or verses and how he came to write them. Dylan’s Biography can be enjoyed by a variety of people, because it has an accessible, genuine point of view. Five stars from me.
Date published: 2010-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chronicles, Vol. 1 Bob Dylan is known as a spiritual man, but also a loner, often offering opaque answers (or none at all) to direct questions. True to form, in Chronicles I there are many biographical omissions, and we are not given any real insights into his spiritual beliefs. However, what this autobiography does offer is a very engaging look at one man’s evolution with his own creative voice, both in light of, and in spite of, the public attention it has received. It is on this level that Chronicles I interested and challenged me. Unlike Bob Dylan’s previous book, 1966’s Tarantula, which was a psychedelic roll through his subconscious, Chronicles I features an introspective Dylan writing plainly and openly about his creative process. For a famous recluse Dylan is remarkably exposed; however, many of the elements that defined Dylan’s musical path are dealt with only in passing—sometimes in a single sentence. In fact, in some cases the moments that made Bob Dylan into Bob Dylan are ignored completely. Counter to what many music critics and fans may have wanted or expected, we are not offered an autobiography that is a full, wide-screen disclosure. What we are given is an invitation into the creative process of one of popular music’s most significant icons. We are given snapshots of the formation of the man at different stages of his career: the young man striving for success; the successful man striving for authenticity; the older man striving for inspiration. The book is an account of process, perseverance and passion, and we see Dylan struggling to form and understand the voice that he feels is uniquely his, recognized now as one of the most significant in pop culture in the last fifty-odd years. To me, Chronicles I is at its best when it is showing the Dylan of the early 1960s, when he first arrived in New York City. Virtually alone in an unfamiliar city, Dylan began playing shows in folk clubs around Greenwich Village. We are told of how he forged his identity on hard-scrabble folk music and emulated the parts of other artists that he admired, in a slow opening of his creative scope and a honing of an authentic voice of his own. Collectors of rare folk albums provided source material that became Dylan’s foundation, and with a few specific musicians providing artistic epiphanies, Dylan’s unusual vision took over. Dylan’s writing is a cadence of shortened sentences and clipped asides, and often reflects a wry humour that surprised me. But most impressive about Dylan’s prose style was how similar it is in tone to his music. Chonicles I displays the same combination of simple words and sentence structures, mixed with vivid and unusual metaphors that are characteristic of Dylan’s lyrics. Open the book to nearly any page and read for a paragraph or two and a voice you already know is reading to you. These lyrical skills have inspired a whole raft of pale imitators in a variety of genres, but are best used in the practised hands of an old pro. I was also struck by Dylan’s admission that he notices details more than narrative, a trait that informs his music and his writing. When I think of any significant Dylan song, it is the frayed snippets of sepia-toned characters that emerge. There are vagabonds, dilettantes and debutantes in his songs, and so too, in his recounting of his life, where he tells stories about the people and the times that were forming around him. As one of the most heralded and most revered musicians in modern times, it is revealing to see the processes of the man behind the myth.
Date published: 2005-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I really enjoyed the book. Im not a huge dylan fan but enjoy his early work. The book really flowed and hard to put down. There were three main parts to the book and they were not put in order that i think the publisher did to make it more artsy but that is my only gripe. well worth the buy and read
Date published: 2005-10-18

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Chronicles: Chronicles

Chronicles: Chronicles

by Bob Dylan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: September 13, 2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743244583

ISBN - 13: 9780743244589

About the Book

"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," his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career.

Read from the Book

Chapter 1: Markin' Up the Score Lou Levy, top man of Leeds Music Publishing company, took me up in a taxi to the Pythian Temple on West 70th Street to show me the pocket sized recording studio where Bill Haley and His Comets had recorded "Rock Around the Clock" -- then down to Jack Dempsey's restaurant on 58th and Broadway, where we sat down in a red leather upholstered booth facing the front window. Lou introduced me to Jack Dempsey, the great boxer. Jack shook his fist at me. "You look too light for a heavyweight kid, you'll have to put on a few pounds. You're gonna have to dress a little finer, look a little sharper -- not that you'll need much in the way of clothes when you're in the ring -- don't be afraid of hitting somebody too hard." "He's not a boxer, Jack, he's a songwriter and we'll be publishing his songs." "Oh, yeah, well I hope to hear 'em some of these days. Good luck to you, kid." Outside the wind was blowing, straggling cloud wisps, snow whirling in the red lanterned streets, city types scuffling around, bundled up -- salesmen in rabbit fur earmuffs hawking gimmicks, chestnut vendors, steam rising out of manholes. None of it seemed important. I had just signed a contract with Leeds Music giving it the right to publish my songs, not that there was any great deal to hammer out. I hadn't written much yet. Lou had advanced me a hundred dollars against future royalties to sign the paper and that was fine with me. John Hammond, who had brought me to Columb
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Table of Contents

Contents

1. Markin' Up the Score

2. The Lost Land

3. New Morning

4. Oh Mercy

5. River of Ice

From the Publisher

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.

Editorial Reviews

"A remarkable achievement, and like Henry Miller's best personal writings, it is a story that opens up the times that it portrays, and then reveals the possibilities of the human spirit."
-- Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone