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15 Bob Dylan biographies




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This article is from the Bob Dylan FAQ, by Adam K. Powers and John Howells howells@bigfoot.com with numerous contributions by others.

15 Bob Dylan biographies


"Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography" by Anthony Scaduto.
New York: New American Library, 1979 366 p.
ISBN: 0451086090 LCCN: 79-316819

Originally New York: Grosset & Dunlap (& Castle Books) 1971 280 (278) p.
ISBN: 0-448-02034-3 LCCN: 72-144064
First UK: W. H. Allen & Co, 1972
Also London: Abacus (Sphere Books Ltd), 1972 #131279 280 p.
New York: New American Library (Signet W 5353), Mar 1973 351 p.
[Good basic coverage of the sixties Dylan, not without errors]

"No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan" by Robert Shelton.
New York: Ballantine Books, 1987 [reprint of 1986 edition]. 661 p.
ISBN: 0345347218 LCCN: 85-26781
Originally New York: Beech Tree Books (Morrow), 1986 573 p.
ISBN: 0-688-05045-X LCCN: 85-26781
[a good overview of the early years, but many errors have been
cited by other writers]

"Dylan: A Biography" by Bob Spitz.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991 [update of 1989 edition]. 639 p.
ISBN: 0-07-060330-8 LCCN: 88-12912
[Probably the least-loved of the biographies - Spitz tends to be
both mean-spirited and inaccurate in his reporting]

"Behind the Shades: A Biography" by Clinton Heylin.
William Morrow & Co., 8 May, 2001 592 p.
ISBN: 0688165931
[updated edition]
[The only biography to provide good, detailed coverage of Dylan's career
through the 1970's and 1980's]

"Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary" by Tim Riley.
New York: Knopf, 1992. 356 p.
ISBN: 0-394-57889-9 LCCN: 91-52808
Also New York: Vintage Books, Aug 1993 356 p.
ISBN: 0-679-74527-0 LCCN: 92-50619
[Riley provides a decent overview through 1976, but dismisses Dylan's
more recent career]

"Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan" by Michael Gray
Continuum Publishing Group, 31 December, 1999. 929 p.
ISBN: 0304705888
[updated edition]

"Blood on the Tracks: The Story of Bob Dylan", Chris Rowley.
New York: Proteus Publishing, 1984.
ISBN: 0-86276-128-X (hb); 0-86276-127-1 (pbk)

"Down the Highway : The Life of Bob Dylan" by Howard Sounes
Grove Press, 9 April, 2001, 432 p.
ISBN: 0802116868

"Positively 4th Street : The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob
Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
Farrar Straus & Giroux, June 2001. 328 p.
ISBN: 0374281998

 

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