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
Number of pages320 pages
GenreMusic, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Reviews Chronicles, Vol. 1

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Simona
    Îmi pare rău, nu.Am început cartea cu multă bunăvoinţa şi fără prejudecăţi, însă nu a reuşit să mă convingă.Nu ştiu dacă stilul stângaci şi mult prea neexersat trebuie pus pe seama autorului sau este o consecinţă a unei traduceri mai puţin fericite, însă mi s-a părut obositor şi, pe alocuri, enervant. Niciodată nu am agreat abuzul de înşiruiri de nume proprii într-o singură frază, iar Dylan exagerează cu enumer...
  • Brian
    Know this, readers. Bob Dylan has ALWAYS and will forever continue (probably even at his death) to do things HIS OWN WAY!I read some of the reviews for this book. First off, ignore all those who are not even fans of Bob Dylan or are the ones that wish he would sing "Like a Rolling Stone" or "Tangled up in Blue." Get over it. What I saw in this book was his inspiration. You will NEVER get this in any biography about any artist. Or at least rarely....
  • Jenn(ifer)
    I'm really not a big Dylan fan per se, but that he is an amazing poet cannot be denied. Once upon a time I played a mediocre rendition of "like a rolling stone," mostly because I fell in love with this lyric:You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomatWho carried on his shoulder a Siamese catAin't it hard when you discover thatHe really wasn't where it's atAfter he took from you everything he could steal.No idea where he comes up with ...
  • Salma
    I really want to talk with Dylan And it happened. That's what it feels like when you get under the bed covers with this book, no sound but a cricket buzz outside the window. His words come out at you like his music. Unpretentious, romantic. Funny like a Woody Allen movie. It feels like any minute that gravel voice will start whispering out of the pages to you. A genius talking about his inspiration. What more could you want? So, what inspired him...
  • Dustin
    Bob Dylan has given us a meandering, often boring and only occasionally interesting account of some of the formative moments of his career. Two thirds of the book is taken up by the story of how he came to record "New Morning" and "Oh Mercy." Yowzah! He gives only glancing, arrogant mention to the days of his most prolific and brilliant songwriting--which is fine, it doesn't shatter my perception of Dylan to find him arrogant and evasive, but I d...
  • Julián
    Dylan se ha pasado la vida jugando al despiste. Este libro es otro capítulo más en este sentido. Dedica los dos primeros capítulos a contar sus primeros pasos en Nueva York con veinte años, el capítulo sigue trata sobre su encuentro con el poeta norteamericano Archibald MacLeish y a la gestación de New Morning (un álbum menor donde los haya dentro de su discografía). El cuarto capítulo lo dedica a narrar con pelos y señales la gestació...
  • Tracy Reilly
    When I was maybe six or seven, and already beginning my lifelong devotion to music, and rock in particular, I remember standing in the Record Department at Arlan's looking at the 45s, since my mother said I could get 5, if my brother and I could agree. We already knew some we liked: Herman's Hermits, the Monkees, The Dave Clark Five, Tommy James and the Shondells, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs:"What about this one?" My brother said, pointing to a...
  • James
    Wow! A dense, extraordinary approach to an auto-biography. Dylan was never going to write a conventional biography, and readers who want one should keep on walking. This isn't for them.Instead Dylan has constructed a mythology as autobiography. While I think it's fair to assume that everything in this book is true, I think we should probably accept that it's not necessarily literal. He's obviously missed large chunks out for a start - the book re...
  • Vladimir
    Knjiga je dosta dosadna. Ima lepih i zanimljivih misli, ali previše je nabrajanja gomile imena i bazičnih karakteristika likova koji su nosili ta imena, a koji su imali makar i manji dodir sa momentima koje Dylan opisuje. I opisi emicija i traženja pravog puta i izraza za pesme u New Orleans-u dok snima album, su vrlo naporni. Kada se izdigne iz takvih pojedinosti, ima vrlo lepih misli. Struktura knjige je interesantna, opisuje nekoliko faza D...
  • M. Sarki
    2012-03-08 year 1965 brought us to terms with Bob Dylan and his outrageous and defiantly autonomous behavior with the Columbia Records release of Highway 61 Revisited. Dylan was by this time extremely tired of the press, their questions, the long tours, and was hiding out in Woodstock, New York. Now everything was going to change even more. It wasn't enough to just have Johnny Cash. Bob Dylan's Chronicles Volume O...
  • Igor Guzun
    Dacă scriitorul japonez Haruki Murakami ar fi rămas, ca în tinereţe, proprietar al unui bar din Tokio în care se cânta jazz, ar fi avut mai multe şanse să câştige în acest an Premiul Nobel pentru Literatură.În 2016 Comitetul Nobel i-a atribuit Premiul Nobel pentru Literatură muzicianului Bob Dylan.Cărţile se citesc greu.Următorul laureat al Premiului Nobel pentru Literatură va fi Eminem. De ce? Pentru că este luceafărul poezie...
  • David Hallman
    Chronicles Vol. 1 has a few moments of insight concerning Dylan's musical influences and non-linear remembrances from his past, small vignettes that are often unrevealing in regards to the overall scope of the enigmatic artist's life. This is not an autobiography, and those wishing for a tell-all of the life of one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters in history won't find much to work with here.Dylan does ramble at length about the difficul...
  • Greg
    This was a birthday present from my eldest son. I listened to Chronicles, Volume One, which is read by Sean Penn, who does a great job narrating. Such a class actor, he doesn't try to imitate Dylan's voice, but gets the vibe across of what Bob Dylan is, well, chronicling. Dylan, the old chameleon, doesn't give much away about himself, but all the same, being one of the greatest writers of the Twentieth Century, albeit a songwriter and poet, he de...
  • Ben Winch
    In some ways a beautiful book. Glowing, inspirational. Unique too, in that it makes us privy to the deep love of a legend for his influences. On the most glowing pages, we see Brecht, Robert Johnson, Mike Seeger, Woodie Guthrie (of course) through Dylan’s eyes, and it’s revelatory. Here he is on the eight extant seconds of Johnson on film:He’s playing with huge, spiderlike hands and they magically move over the strings of his guitar. There...
  • Evan
    "There was a missing person inside of myself and I needed to find him."God, this is incredible. Completely wonderful. A fucking masterpiece autobiography. Wondrous observation. Surprising self effacement. The wisdom of years. A delicious and well-honed sense of irony. Every sentence a joy. More references in one graph than in whole books. A complete world brought to life. Ruminations and the joy of learning and discovery: Dylan's own and his conv...
  • Lemar
    With the breathing room that time brings I can see why Dylan came off as the arrogant smarty pants he did as caught in Eat The Document and other interviews of the time. When watching these interviews the ignorance of the questions and questioners is staggering, almost magnificent. They seem to be saying "fuck with us!" and he almost reluctantly complies. To his credit he chose this path rather than wearing the ego trip mantle "Spokesman For A Ge...
  • jeremy
    the song & dance man is clearly the finest songwriter in the history of american music, thus, not surprisingly, the first volume of his autobiography is written quite well. though many of his fans, upon learning that dylan was penning his memoirs, were hoping for a linear account of his days from alienated minnesota youth to worldwide phenomenon, this book is anything but (as if bobby d would ever do what others were expecting of him). all told, ...
  • Nata
    Interesantă lectură. Au fost momente în care m-a impresionat tot ce a făcut acest om de-a lungul timpului. Desigur că e de apreciat, dar atât de tare m-a plictisit pe alocuri sau chiar mai des listele întregi de personalități sonore ale acelei vremi. Și face asta foarte des pe parcursul cărți. Și de orașe, și de localuri, și de ce vrei. Nu prea am văzut rostul acestor șiruri lungi și de-a dreptul "frământător de limbă". Mi-...
  • Stephanie
    There are books that are entertaining and there are books that get the neurons firing. In the process of making my scribbled notes into some sort of review, I am surprised by the range of ideas, scenes, and topics that Dylan covered. He immerses you in his flaneur-like appreciation of scenes and relationships. He studies his audience and the way people perceive him and other artists or entertainers. He lives an honest life and the adages that com...