'Engagingly written and scrupulously researched' Observer
An UPDATED EDITION of Howard Sounes' classic, definitive biography to mark the legendary Bob Dylan's 80th birthday
Bob Dylan was the first figure in the history of popular music to challenge the domination of the three-minute pop song and to bring serious ideas and poetry into the song lyric. A true revolutionary, he was also the first pop performer to adopt the attitudes and lead the life of a bohemian artist. In doing so he not only defined the direction which popular music would take in the second half of the twentieth century, he also defined the lifestyle which would come to be associated with the rock artist.
This new edition of Howard Sounes' critically-acclaimed classic biography of Dylan includes a new chapter that brings the legend's life story right up to date. It gives the complete picture of the man, the artist and performer. Meticulously researched and including hundreds of interviews with Dylan's closest associates, the brand new chapter also covers the last ten years of Dylan's life, and the last (and previously unpublished) interview with Dylan's first serious girlfriend.
Written by the acclaimed biographer of Paul McCartney and Lou Reed, this is a compelling, fast-paced and revelatory read, which takes the reader on a journey from Dylan's childhood in a Minnesota mining town to the status he enjoys today as one of the most iconic figures of contemporary culture.
Engagingly written and scrupulously researched.
The benchmark by which all future Dylan biographies will be judged.
Many writers have tried to probe [Dylan's] life, but never has it been done so well, and so captivatingly.
Blows away more of the fog than anyone else has managed to do.
Sets a standard few rock'n'roll chronicles have attained.
Valuable for its sober telling of this extraordinary tale.
A fine book that contributes signifiantly to a further understanding of the man, his music, mythology and legend. For newcomers and non-believers, it offers a perfect, contextualised overview of, and introduction to, Dylan. For more serious Dylanophiles it also provides much that is new, valuable and true.
Dylan comes alive...Sounes has added a wealth of new information to Dylan studies.
[Sounes] has a historian's gift for recreating the spirit of a time.