Chronicles: Volume One

Chronicles: Volume One

"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 "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...

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Title:Chronicles: Volume One
Author:Bob Dylan
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Genres:Music
ISBN:Chronicles: Volume One
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Chronicles: Volume One Reviews

  • Lee Klein
    Jan 01, 2010
    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 emphasize...
  • Geoff
    Oct 13, 2011
    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 ...
  • Tosh
    Sep 12, 2007
    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 ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 26, 2012
    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 ...
  • Brian
    Mar 19, 2008
    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 ...
  • Paul Bryant
    Oct 13, 2007
    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 ...
  • Velvetink
    Apr 13, 2011
    *********WANT BADLY********** Mother's Day is coming up! or for Birthday then, Xmas in July, Aussie Friend Day, Happy Person who does your laundry day, Day for people who will beg for books. Well any excuse will do - have loved Bob a long time....will even be embarrassing & pimp m...
  • Dustin
    Dec 19, 2007
    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 me...
  • Salma
    Dec 28, 2007
    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 f...
  • Jenn(ifer)
    Mar 03, 2011
    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 diplomat Who carried on hi...
  • julieta
    Sep 28, 2018
    This book is amazing. I have to clear this first: I have never been a Dylan Fan, I have never been able to go past his voice, which is crazy, folkie, and just too rough for me. Call me a softie. But this book is greatness. His memoirs, or, never better described, chronicles, are separa...
  • Brent
    Dec 16, 2011
    Dylan is a better songwriter than he is an author. That said, I found his book to be fascinating in parts, amusing in others, and a bit unfocused at times. The story isn't linear, but Dylan manages to cover his life from the summer after finishing high school in Minnesota, to recording...
  • Lynx
    Feb 05, 2018
    If you are looking for a straight up biography, this isn't for you. Dylan's style of writing is very disjointed and can take some getting used to, but overall the book is very well written. There is a segment on how he came to put together his album "Oh Mercy" which was very interestin...
  • Jonfaith
    Dec 19, 2015
    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 c...
  • Stephanie
    Oct 21, 2015
    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 ...
  • David Hallman
    Mar 01, 2012
    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...
  • Bud Smith
    Jan 04, 2019
    there?s the humble beginnings thing and the hard scramble for fame, and then ten pages later people are literally running across his roof and stalking his family, and then ten pages later again, his 65 foot yacht is ripped apart on the rocks, followed by dinner with Bono ... it?s a...
  • Ian "Marvin" Graye
    Feb 25, 2011
    Positively Fraud Street? I see you on the street I always act surprised I 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 t...
  • Connie G
    Feb 27, 2019
    Bob Dylan takes us from his boyhood in northern Minnesota to his start as a folk singer in Greenwich Village in 1961. His biggest influence was Woody Guthrie, and he had a great mentor in Dave Van Ronk who got him started at the Gaslight, a folk club. Dylan read widely and listened to ...
  • M. Sarki
    Mar 08, 2012
    https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/151352... The 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 to...
  • Ben Winch
    Nov 30, 2013
    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....
  • Greg
    Sep 09, 2013
    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 ol...
  • James
    Sep 30, 2011
    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 tha...
  • Tracy Reilly
    Jul 15, 2013
    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:...
  • Dan
    Nov 08, 2017
    An explanation of two stars is required here. I found out from a goodreads friend that Dylan probably lifted a number of uncredited passages from other books and used them in Chronicles. The link below highlights some of examples but there are others. http://ralphriver.blogspot.com/...
  • Iulian
    Jun 17, 2015
    Dylan writes as he sings: with honesty, passion and care for humanity. Misunderstood as an artist, labeled on countless ocassions as something he didn't recognize himself lof being, you can think that people just don't get your message so maybe you're singing to the wrong crowd. I was ...
  • Lisajean
    Sep 12, 2017
    I originally rated this two stars, but I had to take off a star after reading Paul Bryant's review detailing how much Dylan plagiarized. That was news to me, but not a surprise, considering Dylan padded his Nobel Lecture with lines from SparkNotes, of all places. It pains me that I hav...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    Oct 25, 2016
    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. Thi...
  • James
    Mar 23, 2017
    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, vacuo...
  • ATJG
    Sep 21, 2016
    I have to be careful with music. I'm vulnerable as a listener in a way that I'm not vulnerable to other kinds of art. Rousseau tells us that music is capable of communicating truth directly, or perhaps it would be better to put it that music permits one to experience truth itself. Word...