Bob Dylan celebrated his 80th birthday this week! In honor of the prolific songwriter, here are some of the best Bob Dylan books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.
Counting down through the Top 10 Best Bob Dylan Books …
1. Behind the Shades
by Clinton Heylin
In virtually all areas of Dylan’s life – his immigrant antecedents, his business dealings, his various addictions and his romantic attachments – Heylin is able to provide a fascinating picture of a man who changed the whole course of popular music in the sixties and, over thirty years later, won three Grammys. Heylin has given full weight to Dylan’s own words and those of his closest associates, with over 250 people quoted in the book, helping to provide a portrait of a complex figure. Including 60,000 words of brand new material – dealing with Dylan’s four twenty-first century albums; his archival audio-visual projects; his third film; his series of paintings and exhibitions; his autobiography, “Chronicles”; and his ongoing romantic liaisons and ‘missing’ marriages – this fully updated story of Dylan provides a monumental overview of the Man and his Music.
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com