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The Double Life of Bob Dylan

Volume 1: 1941-1966: A Restless Hungry Feeling

Clinton Heylin



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Bodley Head
13 April 2021
The definitive biography of one of contemporary culture's most iconic and mysterious figures - a musical revolutionary, Nobel Prize-winner and chart-topping recording artist

"The definitive, scrupulously researched biography of a life steeped in mystery." - The Observer

In 2016, it was announced that Bob Dylan had sold his personal archive to the George Kaiser Foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reportedly for $22 million. As the boxes started to arrive, the Foundation asked Clinton Heylin - author of the acclaimed Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades and "perhaps the world authority on all things Dylan" (Rolling Stone) - to assess the material they had been given. What he found in Tulsa - as well as what he gleaned from other papers he had recently been given access to by Sony and the Dylan office - so changed his understanding of the artist, especially of his creative process, that he became convinced a new biography was needed. It turns out that much of what previous biographers have said is wrong.

With fresh and revealing information on every page, Volume One of The Double Life of Bob Dylan tells the story of Dylan's meteoric rise to fame - his arrival in early 1961 in New York, where he is embraced by the folk scene; his elevation to spokesman of a generation whose protest songs provide the soundtrack for the burgeoning Civil Rights movement; his alleged betrayal when he 'goes electric' at Newport in 1965; his subsequent controversial world tour with a rock 'n' roll band; and the recording of his three undisputed electric masterpieces - Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

At the peak of his fame in July 1966, he reportedly crashes his motorbike in Woodstock, upstate New York, and disappears from public view. When he re-emerges, he looks different, his voice sounds different, his songs are different. That other story will be told in Volume 2 to be published in autumn 2022.

Clinton Heylin's meticulously researched, all-encompassing and consistently revelatory account of these fascinating early years is the closest we will ever get to the definitive life of an artist who has been the lodestar of popular culture for six decades.
By:   Clinton Heylin
Imprint:   Bodley Head
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   1.004kg
ISBN:   9781847925886
ISBN 10:   184792588X
Pages:   720
Publication Date:   13 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Described by the New York Times as 'the only the Dylanologist worth reading', Clinton Heylin is the author of Bob Dylan behind the Shades (1991; rev. 2011) and over twenty books on music and popular culture. He lives in Somerset.

Reviews for The Double Life of Bob Dylan: Volume 1: 1941-1966: A Restless Hungry Feeling

Whether you've read one book on Bob Dylan or one hundred, THIS is the one you want to read and refer to from this day forward. If the basic story of the Bard from Hibbing is oft told, familiar to anyone that's been paying attention, this new work leaps a couple light years forward with much newly revealed material and deep scholarship. If somebody's got to tell the tale, we can all thank our holy electric pickups and mystical typewriter keys that it was up to Clinton Heylin * Lee Ranaldo, Sonic Youth * feel that Heylin understands what he [Dylan] was going through... a forensic analysis of Dylan's early life that, for depth of research alone, is hugely impressive -- Will Hodgkinson * The Times, *Book of the Week* * Clinton Heylin is the eminence grise of Bob Dylan scholars -- Andrew Motion * The Spectator * Heylin has long been Dylan's most accomplished biographer -- Neil Spencer * Observer *

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