"Chronicles: Volume One is Bob Dylan's 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 personal recollection of extraordinary times."--BOOK JACKET.
Bob's book has a little "how I got my groove back" to it, but you will find it generally devoid of the kind of name-dropping you might expect (he doesn't even talk about the time he and John Lennon threw Phil Ochs out of a taxi!), and very little dishing of any kind really.
What Bob has written here is basically a kunstlerroman, a sort of artistic coming-of-age story. He tells you how he started out, what drew him to folk music and what he found there; he then skips the most fruitful artistic period of his career to tell you how and why he got so burned out in the early 70s, and how he rekindled his creative fire in the late 80s. He tells you what he thought of a lot of novelists and poets he read, what musicians were important to him, and why.
For a music lover like me, that's infinitely more interesting than the average showbiz autobiography, and it really elevates this book far above what you'd generally expect. I'm not sure I'd recommend it to everybody, but if you're a Dylan critic, a music lover or a songwriter especially, give it a shot.
by Bob Dylan Read by Sean Penn
I thought this was a poignant read;
I finished and enjoyed listening.
But, bear in mind, it is primarily early Dylan and it's slightly "unorganized" (not strictly chronological)
But it is called Volume I (isn't it?) and we travel primarily through early to mid 60's
That being said, we get to the book's focus.
We see his roots and the development of his unique style as we meet people and places that left an indelible imprint on him.
We could be in Manhattan, New Orleans, Minnnesota.....
There are tidbits to be gathered everywhere.
His poetic, passionate style is reflective of an important period in American musical history.
His storytelling is unparalleled...
He's the "real deal"