Chronicles, Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan

Chronicles, Vol. 1

"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 ...

Details Chronicles, Vol. 1

TitleChronicles, Vol. 1
Release DateSep 13th, 2005
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Chronicles, Vol. 1

  • Ana
    I used to love Bob Dylan until he said, and I quote, 'If you have slave running through your blood or are a descent of the Ku Klux Klan, black people can sense that. It remains to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.'I don't take kindly to being compared to a Nazi. Next time, you better think twice before you insult an entire nation. Croatian people are not barbarians. The history of Yugoslavia is ...
  • Geoff
    I’m going to do something I try not to do here, since I consider this to be a site about other people’s words- I’m going to ramble on autobiographically for a bit.I bought this first volume of Dylan’s Chronicles the day it came out in 2004, was anticipating the hell out of it. Back then I was managing a used record store in College Park, Maryland. I studied poetry and creative writing at UMD, big waste of my time, could’ve learned all t...
  • Paul Bryant
    Conscience impels me to remove one star from my original 5. I'm bewitched, bothered and bewildered.When this gorgeously written, completely eccentric and endearing memoir came out in 2004 I loved it, and my original review is included below. In the years since then, Dylan fans and commentators have been finding out stuff, and it opens a big can of worms, the worms ofPLAGIARISMBecause, it seems, if the rabid batgooglers and archive monkeys are to ...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    After being on my “to read” shelf for a while, this book jumped up a couple spots when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. He didn’t win the prize because of this autobiography or for his novel, but rather for the lyrics he wrote down and then placed over music. This autobiography is well written and honest, but it is disjointed at times and didn’t tell me much about the things I thought I wanted to know about. I wanted to know ...
  • Ian
    Positively Fraud Street?I see you on the streetI always act surprisedI say, “How does it feel?”But I don’t mean it."I can't taste your words," You said, "Your songs are just lies."So I cried that you were deaf,You'd lost the sight in your eyes.And I said that you were wrongWhen you accused me of theftBut all I really wanted to know wasWhat else have you got left?No, I never wasted any time,And I never took much.I never asked for your crutch...
  • Lee
    UPDATE: A good and memorable read but probably not why he won the Nobel.What a wonderful weird book about the influence of cities and sounds, knowing what you want and going for it and getting it thanks to talent, luck, attitude, and meeting the right people. Funny how it emphasizes what no one really wants to know -- "New Morning" and "Oh Mercy" era stuff instead of everything from "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" to "Visions of Johanna" to "Shelter Fro...
  • James
    I am not by any means a big fan of autobiographies or biographies written with the ‘popular’ market in mind: Autobiographies can all too often be divided into the self-aggrandising, self-serving, self-promotion type, or alternatively the celebrity/ghost written cut and paste, vacuous and pointless nonsense type or the pseudo ‘warts and all exposé’ type – or sometimes a combination of all three. Biographies on the other hand, more often...
  • David Schaafsma
    I awake this morning to the news that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2016, which I absolutely am happy about. A bold move for the committee. It made me think that the committee is probably quite old to do this, but also well aware of his lyrics, which I assume is the reason he wins. I also read Paul Bryant's reviews of this book, the first of which, like mine originally, was very positive. I loved the book and await more. Th...
  • Jonfaith
    Each phrase comes at you from a ten-foot drop, scuttles across the road and then another one comes like a punch on the chin.So goes Dylan on the marvel of Pirate Jenny, the haunting number by Brecht/Weill in their Three Penny Opera. Apparently seeing this performed life indelibly changed Dylan's approach to songwriting. I bought myself G.W. Pabst's film version of TPO for this recent Christmas and I was absolutely riveted by Lotte Lenya's perform...
  • Tosh
    Mark my words, this book is going to be considered as an American classic piece of literature. Students in the year 2035 will study it, and young men wearing plastic rain coats will be holding this book as a fashionable prop in the most elegant nightclubs. As for me, this was such a surprise remarkable read. I didn't expect it to be so great. What makes it so great is Dylan personal observations on the world around him. The way he goes through hi...