Volume OneBook - 2004
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 -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.
By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.
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I had the thick acetate of the Robert Johnson record in my hands.
From the first note the vibrations from the loudspeaker made my hair stand up.
The stabbing sounds from the guitar could almost break a window.
Chapter 5, River Of Ice
In New Orleans you could almost see other dimensions.
There's only one day at a time here, then it's tonight and then tomorrow will be today again. Chronic melancholia hanging from the trees.
You never get tired of it.
Chapter 4, Oh Mercy
Had also instructed me to be kind because everyone you’ll ever meet is fighting a hard battle.
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